Transnationalism and Interculturalism: Overlapping Affinities

  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


What interests me in trying to link the already consolidated transnationalism literature and the most recent interculturalism literature is to identify their overlapping affinities in two ways: first, in the way in which they deal with multiple national identities (or complex diversity) and the value that they agree to regarding the importance of relations among identities to promote social cohesion and even trust; second, in the way in which they both share a broader view of diversity that is not necessarily separated from the so-called unity concept. In other words, what both transnationalism and interculturalism share today is that they take on the function of counter-forces against the hegemonic theoretical frameworks governing migration studies, namely, nation-state-based and multicultural-based approaches to diversity. An additional normative argument I put forward at the end, assuming this first background, is that transnational people are more prone to be intercultural.


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  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero
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