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Edited by Steve Vertovec, University of Oxford

New networks, organizations and practices now criss-cross the globe. Their density and importance require research that supersedes conventional state-centric perspectives. This series will comprise books from a number of disciplines analysing emerging transnational processes and patterns. Exploring the myriad dimensions of transnationalism, the books in this series will be both scholarly and innovative.

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‘Transnationalism’ broadly refers to multiple ties and interactions linking people or institutions across the borders of nation-states. These systems of ties, relationships, exchange and mobility function intensively and in real time while being spread across the world. New technologies, especially involving telecommunications, serve to connect such networks with increasing speed and efficiency. Today, despite great distances and notwithstanding the presence of international borders (and all the laws, regulations and national narratives they represent), many forms of association have been globally intensified and now take place paradoxically in a planet-spanning yet common -- however virtual -- arena of activity. Such forms, practices and consequent power relations are shaping the world of the twenty-first century.

Transnationalism represents a topic of rapidly growing interest witnessed in new political policies and corporate strategies as well as in the proliferation of academic articles, university seminars and conferences devoted to exploring its nature and contours. We have seen increasing interest in ‘transnational…’ communities, capital flows, trade, citizenship, corporations, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, political groups, commercial services, grassroots social movements, social networks, families, migration circuits, identities, public spaces and public cultures.

The Routledge book series on Transnationalism will, in a most timely manner, provide high quality works contributing to a major, and arguably new, field of study. Serving to ground theory and research on ‘globalization’, the series will offer the latest empirical studies and ground-breaking theoretical works on the contemporary socio-economic, political and cultural processes which span international boundaries. Contributions will be drawn from Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Politics, Geography, International Relations, Business Studies and Cultural Studies.

Editorial Issues

Editorially the series will be under the responsibility of Dr Steven Vertovec, as Series Editor, and Heidi Bagtazo, as Senior Editor at Routledge. Decisions regarding the acceptance of manuscripts, revisions, and publication will be made collaboratively by them. The Advisory Board of the ESRC Transnational Communities Programme (see Annex) will provide a first port of call for consultation concerning matters such as appropriateness of certain titles for the series and relevant referees for manuscripts.

It is desired that the first three volumes would appear early in the year 2000, with a target of at least three volumes annually thereafter. However, particularly after the projects in the ESRC Transnational Communities Programme reach their conclusions by 2002, it is expected that a considerable number of manuscripts arising from these will be submitted soon thereafter (see suggested titles below).


The books in this series will appeal to students, lecturers and researchers in Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Politics, Geography, Media Studies, International Relations, Business Studies and Cultural Studies. Within each of these disciplines there are a rapidly growing number of university courses in the USA and Britain concerning globalization and other forms of global change surrounding the social impact of new information technologies and telecommunications, media cultural flows, world migration, international commerce; the book series will provide core texts adoptable for courses in all these fields. The series will appeal to journalists, corporate and political think-tanks and others concerned with new socio-cultural, political and economic processes and forms concomitant with globalization.

The Series Editor

Steven Vertovec (BA Colorado, MA UCSB, DPhil Oxon) is Research Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the ESRC Research Programme on Transnational Communities. Previous positions include Research Fellow at the University of Oxford School of Geography and Principal Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick. Under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Dr Vertovec has been Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Free University of Berlin and at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin. He is also a Co-ordinator of a UNESCO-MOST project on immigrants and ethnic minorities in European cities, a Senior Partner in a Volkswagen Foundation project on ethnic minorities and schools in Europe, and is on the Research Board of Metropolis, and International Forum of policy-makers and academics on immigration issues.

He is author of Hindu Trinidad: Religion, Ethnicity and Socio-Economic Change (Macmillan, 1992) and Divergent Diaspora: Hindus and Hinduism outside India (UCL Press, forthcoming), editor of Aspects of the South Asian Diaspora (Oxford University Press, 1991) and Migration and Social Cohesion (Edward Elgar, forthcoming), and co-editor of South Asians Overseas: Migration and Ethnicity (Cambridge University Press, 1990) The Urban Context: Ethnicity, Social Networks and Situational Analysis (Berg, 1995), Islam in Europe: The Politics of Religion and Community (Macmillan, 1997), Muslim European Youth: Re-producing Religion, Ethnicity and Culture (Ashgate, 1998) and Migration, Diasporas and Transnationalism (Edward Elgar, forthcoming). He was Assistant Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Reviews Editor for New Community and Editorial Advisor for the International Social Science Journal.



New Titles

Culture and Politics in the Information Age - Edited by Frank Webster, University of Birmingham

This volume addresses these key issues through an analysis of important theoretical debates on issues such as digital democracy, cultural politics and transnational communities.  Featuring contributors from both sides of the Atlantic, the book contains a series of case studies on new social movements including campaigns on the environment, gender, animal rights and human rights.  It combines cutting edge research with theoretical material and makes an important contribution to this highly topical and rapidly growing area.  This book will be invaluable reading for students in areas including Politics, Communications and IT, Sociology and Cultural studies.

Transnationalism May 2001: 234x156: 288ppp / Hb:0-415-24635-0: 55.00 / Pb: 0-415-24635-9: 16.99


Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma - Peter G. Mandaville, George Mason University

This radical book argues that translocal forces are leading the emergence of a wider Muslim public sphere.  Furthermore, the critical discourses enabled by this translocal space amount to a reconceptualisayion and reimagining of the umma.  It will be invaluable for researchers in International Relations, Islamic studies, cultural studies, Sociology, religion and Politics.

Routledge Research in Transnationalism 2  July 2001: 234x156:256pp / Hb: 0415-24694-6: 55.00


New Transnational Social Spaces: International Migration and Transnational Companies in the Early Twenty-first Century - Edited by Ludger Pries, Ruhr University

This book presents a theoretical and empirical examination of the crucial aspects of new transnational social spaces in the fields of international migration and international business.

Routledge Research in Transnationalism 1  January 2001: 224pp:illus. 3 line drawings Hb: 0-415-23736-X: 50.00


New Aproaches to Migration? Transnational Communities and the Transformation of Home - Edited by Nadje Al-Ali, University of Exeter and Khalid Koser, University College London

This book critically evaluates the transnational communities approach to contemporary international migration and will be an important resource for scholars of migration, human geography and cultural studies.

December 2001: 234x156 / Hb: 01-415-25432-9: £55.00


Work and Migration: Life and Livelihoods in a Globalising World - Edited by Ninna Nyberg Sorensen, Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen and Karen Fog Olwig, Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen

Using case studies from those who have moved either transnationally or within their own country, international contributions offer various definitions of what it means to make a living on the move.

December 2001: 324x156:240pp Hb: 0-415-26372: £55.00


Communities Across Borders: New Immigrants and Transnational Cultures - Edited by Paul Kennedy, Manchester Metropolitan University and Victor Roudometof, Miami University

Communities Across Borders examines the many ways in which national, ethnic or religious groups, professions, businesses and cultures are becoming increasingly tangled together irrespective of national origins or identities. Students of sociology, politics, development and cultural studies, as well as scholars and the travelling public will find this book both engrossing and revealing.

February 2002: Hb: 0-415-25293-8: £55.00


Forthcoming titles

Transnational Politics - By Eva Ostergaard-Nielsen, London School of Economics, UK

Transnational Politics shows how the politics of one country, Turkey, plays itself out in another, Germany, through the presence and engagement of migrants and refugees. This book offers a unique case study of transnational political engagement of Turkish and Kurdish migrants and refugees in Germany and the political impact of these at national and international level.

Routledge Research in Transnationalism December 2002: 234x156 / Hb:0-415-26586-X: £55.00

Transnational Democracy - Edited by James Anderson, Queens University, Belfast

Contemporary globalisation both challenges conventional forms of democracy and is opening up new needs and possibilities for democratisation beyond the territoriality of national states.  These issues are explored by an international and multidisciplinary array of experts who focus on federalism, multi-cultural societies, the European Union and potential agents for the democratisation of global institutions.

Transnationalism December 2001: 234x156  / Hb:0-415-22342-3:55.0 / Pb: 0-415-22343-1: 16.99

Migration Systems and Public Policy - By Rob Smith and Ari Zolberg

International Migration and the Globalization of Domestic Polities - By Rey Koslowski

Transnational Spaces - By Peter Jackson, Phillip Crang, Claire Dwyer and Prinjhs

Diaspora and Communication: Mapping the Globe - Edited by Karim Karim

Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora - Edited by B. Parekh, G. Singh and S. Vertovec


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