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Organizing the Transnational

Labour, Politics, and Social Change

Growing recognition of transnational practices and identities is changing the way scholars and activists ask questions about migration. Organizing the Transnational articulates a multi-level cultural politics of transnationalism to frame contemporary analyses of immigration and diasporas. With chapters by academics and activists working from diverse perspectives, the volume moves beyond the conventional focus on states and migrants to consider a wide array of institutions, actors, and forms of mobilization that shape transnational engagements and communities. Its unique approach will inform the work of researchers, practitioners, and activists interested in the dynamics of transnational social spaces.

304 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction / Luin Goldring and Sailaja Krishnamurti

Part 1: Institutions, Policies, and Identities

1 State and Media Construction of Transnational Communities: A Case Study of Recent Migration from Hong Kong to Canada / Myer Siemiatycki and Valerie Preston

2 Emerging Postnational Citizenships in International Law: Implications for Transnational Lives and Organizing / Susan J. Henders

3 Transnational Nationalism: Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada / Sarah V. Wayland

4 Demystifying Transnationalism: Canadian Immigration Policy and the Promise of Nation Building / Uzma Shakir

5 On Tim Hortons and Transnationalism: Negotiating Canadianness and the Role of Activist/Researcher / Leela Viswanathan

Part 2: States, Transnational Labour, and Diasporic Capital

6 Globalizing Work, Globalizing Citizenship: Community–Migrant Worker Alliances in Southwestern Ontario / Kerry Preibisch

7 Forcing Governments to Govern in Defence of Noncitizen Workers: A Story about the Canadian Labour Movement’s Alliance with Agricultural Migrants / Stan Raper

8 Transnationalism, Development, and Social Capital: Tamil Community Networks in Canada / R. Cheran

9 Dancing Here, “Living” There: Transnational Lives and Working Conditions of Latina Migrant Exotic Dancers / Gloria Patricia and Díaz Barrero

10 Transnational Work and the Labour Politics of Gender: A Study of Male and Female Mexican Migrant Workers Employed in Canada / Ofelia Becerril

11 Development and Diasporic Capital: Nonresident Indians and the State / Pablo S. Bose

Part 3: Transnational Organizing and Social Change

12 The Institutional Landscapes of Salvadoran Refugee Migration: Transnational and Local Views from Los Angeles and Toronto /

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