Blurred Borders: Transnational Migration between the by Jorge Duany

Specific Demographics

By Jorge Duany

During this entire comparative research, Jorge Duany explores how migrants to the us from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico keep a number of ties to their nations of beginning.

Chronicling those diasporas from the tip of worldwide conflict II to the current, Duany argues that every sending country's courting to the USA shapes the transnational adventure for every migrant staff, from felony prestige and migratory styles to paintings actions and the connections migrants continue with their domestic international locations. mixing broad ethnographic, archival, and survey study, Duany proposes that modern migration demanding situations the normal notion of the geographical region. expanding numbers of immigrants and their descendants lead what Duany calls "bifocal" lives, bridging or extra states, markets, languages, and cultures all through their lives. while international locations try and draw their obstacles extra basically, the ceaseless circulation of transnational migrants, Duany argues, calls for the rethinking of traditional equations among birthplace and place of dwelling, id and citizenship, borders and boundaries.

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Scholars may themselves promote or hinder the interests of transnational actors when engaging in public debates about immigration, multiculturalism, bilingualism, or remittances (Glick Schiller, Basch, and Szanton Blanc 1995). For instance, Steven Vertovec (2009) has assessed recent efforts by national and international organisms to facilitate circular migration. Contemporary transnationalism has hastened the back-and-forth movement between people’s homelands and other countries, as I have documented for Puerto Rico (Duany 2002: chap.

It is revealing to rethinking transnationalism 27 compare the current practices of Dominicans or Puerto Ricans in the United States with those of Russian, Italian, or Irish immigrants at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although not entirely new, transnationalism has assumed a greater scale, intensity, diffusion, and velocity at the turn of the twenty-first century, as a result of air transportation and electronic communications. Again, this trend is strongly correlated with globalization.

Many have sought to rethink conventional categories for social analysis— such as nation, state, citizenship, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and identity— in light of globalization. One of the basic problems is to define, describe, and explain the lasting connections of various migrant settlements to their home countries. A key intellectual puzzle for contemporary scholars is how people reconstruct their identities and imagine their communities across borders and boundaries. The cultural dimensions of globalization have been conceptualized as transnationalization, hybridization, Creolization, syncretism, bricolage, and even “mondialization” (from the French monde or world) (Appadurai 1996; Hannerz 1996; Renato Ortiz 1996, 1997).

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