Transnational Inequalities, Transnational Responses: The Politicization of Migrant Rights in Asia

  • Nicola Piper
  • Stefan Rother
Part of the Frontiers of Globalization Series book series (FOG)


Times have been tough for the concept of the nation-state: the early literature on globalization predicted its impending decline, giving way to ‘a new transnational political geography’ (Sassen 1998, p. xxi) or ‘deterritorialization’ (Scholte 2000, p. 3), as research on transnational phenomena took off during the 1990s across the social sciences (Jönsson 2010). Likewise, the emerging subfield of transnationalism within migration studies found the nation-state to have become ‘unbound’ and ‘deterritorialized’ (Basch et al. 1993). The literature on ‘transnational spaces’, however, disagrees with the latter point but still observes a ‘growing uncoupling of social space and geographical space’ (Pries 2001). But when summing up the debate on transnational migration in 2003, a special issue of the International Migration Review arrived at the conclusion that ‘the state is here to stay’ (Levitt et al. 2003, p. 568). Similarly, social movement scholarship has pointed to the continuing importance of the role of the state as primary target of political action (Tarrow 2006).


Migrant Worker Member Organization Labor Migration Destination Country Domestic Worker 
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