Transnationalism and Society: An Introduction

Transnationalism and Society: An Introduction

by Michael C. Howard


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In the past, as in the present, transnationalism has played a vital role in the development of wealth, technology and art in all societies touched by cultures other than their own. This timely book provides an introduction to the social and cultural aspects of transnationalism, particularly focusing on the modern world since 1500, with an emphasis on the past 200 years. Topics covered include the role of migration, the development of cities, the effect of transnationalism on marriage and families, the presence of transnational corporations, dress, religion and art. A key text for understanding our increasingly transnational world.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786464548
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael C. Howard is a professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is editor of the series Studies in the Material Cultures of Southeast Asia and author or editor of more than 30 books.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 An Overview 3

Terminology 4

The State, Ethnicity, Nation Building, and Transnationalism 5

Globalization, Transnationalism, and Culture 14

Transnational Social Spaces and Their Context 20

Enabling Factors 24

2 Migration in the Modern World 33

Patterns of Migration 35

Involuntary International Migration 37

Voluntary Labor Migration: Contract Laborers 46

Voluntary Labor Migration: European Colonial Administration and Settlers 57

Post-Colonial Voluntary Migrants 61

Contemporary Migration Patterns 65

3 Cities 68

Transnationalism and Cities 68

Transnationalism and Modern Cities from 1350 to 1800 76

Modern Imperial and Colonial Cities 84

Megacities and Global Cities 90

Contemporary Transnational Cities in Asia 92

4 Marriage and Families 98

Marriage Alliances Between Elites Across Borders 98

Transnational Marriages Within Ethno-National Groups 100

Inter-Ethnic Transnational Marriages 108

Transnational Family Networks 116

5 Transnational Corporations 121

Modern Transnational Corporations 121

The Global Middle Class 131

Feeding the World's Middle Class 139

Transnational Corporate Culture 146

6 Criminal Organizations and Networks 155

Nigerian Transnational Criminal Networks 156

The Golden Triangle 162

International Gangster Organizations 169

7 Religion 186

Religion and Universality 187

Pilgrimages 187

Missionaries 195

8 Dress 224

Technology, Fashion, and Trade 225

Dress and Religion 241

Dress and Ethnic Identity 251

9 The Arts 255

Categorizing the Arts and Their Cultural Context 256

Transnational Performing Arts 257

Transnational Plastic Arts 268

Chapter Notes 277

References 293

Index 305

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