Turning transnational: notes on the theorisation of international migration
Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2002
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Population Geography
Special Issue: (Re)theorising Population Geography
Volume 7, Issue 6, pages 413–428, November/December 2001
How to Cite
Bailey, A. J. (2001), Turning transnational: notes on the theorisation of international migration. Int. J. Popul. Geogr., 7: 413–428. doi: 10.1002/ijpg.239
- Issue online: 28 JAN 2002
- Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 OCT 2001
- Manuscript Revised: 13 SEP 2001
- Manuscript Received: 17 MAR 2001
- migrant agency;
- postcolonial theory
This paper takes stock of transnational perspectives on international migration. Transnationalism concerns itself with social processes that are both rooted in, and transcend, nations. While more generally referring to complex economic, cultural and political relations, I focus on scholarship that describes how migrants contribute to the daily life of emerging transnational communities. I argue that poststructural readings of transnationalism have opened the way for accounts of international migration under globalisation. However, key questions of migrant agency and hybridity remain under-theorised. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential of postcolonial theorisations of international migration. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.