Embodied transnationalism: bodies in transnational spaces
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Population, Space and Place
Special Issue: Embodied Transnationalism: Bodies in Transnational Spaces
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 1–9, January/February 2010
How to Cite
Dunn, K. (2010), Embodied transnationalism: bodies in transnational spaces. Popul. Space Place, 16: 1–9. doi: 10.1002/psp.593
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 7 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Received: 14 MAY 2009
Transnationalism has become a popular concept within migration studies and human geography. A series of concerns have been raised about the early use of the term, mostly prompted by an exaggerated characterisation of mobility. Adopting an embodied approach to the study of transnationalism is a powerful corrective to the dangers of exaggerating mobility and footloosedness. When the scale of analysis is upon migrants rather than migration flows, and upon transnationals rather than upon transnationalism, a much more complicated and realistic picture emerges. Transnationals are simultaneously mobile and emplaced. And the extent of choice and compulsion (of both mobility and sedentariness) is uneven across racialised axes, birthplace, gender, and disability. At the embodied scale the affective and emotional geographies of transnationalism are more palpable. Importantly, an embodied analysis of transnationalism reveals the ever-present valency of place. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.