Theorising About and Beyond Transnational Processes

  • Nina Glick Schiller
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


This chapter provides an overview of the developing field of transnational studies and the place of migration studies within it. It begins by examining the barriers that initially blocked the emergence of transnational studies. Briefly noting the emergence of four subfields, the chapter suggests several distinctions that were lacking in the initial emergence of a new paradigm and allow for contemporary theory-building. This new theory-building should address structures of power that legitimise social inequalities. The chapter cautions that transnational studies, while taking migration scholars beyond methodological nationalism, can produce new silences. Transnational studies may even obstruct the analysis of imperialism.


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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Social AnthropologyHalleGermany

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