Transnational Agency and Migration
Actors, Movements, and Social Support
Edited by Stefan Köngeter, Wendy Smith
Routledge – 2013 – 256 pages
Migrants, both spatially and mentally, no longer settle in only one national territory but interact or move across borders regularly, profoundly challenging the nation-state and the image of society as a container. This volume explores the ways in which migrants connect social worlds across national boundaries through a variety of social practices, and how they maintain agency in situations where their capacity to act is constrained by nation-states and their borders.
1. Transnational Agency: Migrants, Movements and Social Support Crossing Borders Stefan Köngeter and Wendy Smith Section 1: Transnational Migration 2. Between Empowerment and Exploitation: Migrant Women’s Transnational Practices on the Northern Mexican Border Elisabeth Tuider 3. Integration and Agency: African Refugee Women and a Playgroup in Melbourne, Australia Kari Gibson, Katie Vasey and Lenore Manderson 4. Return Migration as an Engine of Social Change? Reverse Diasporas’ Capital Investments at Home: A Comparative Perspective Heidi Dahles Section 2: Transnational Movements 5. The Transnational Construction of Knowledge: The Role of the “Immigration Problem” in the Translation of the Settlement Movement across the Atlantic Stefan Koengeter 6. Reconstructing the Narrative of Transnational Feminist Agency: The Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza 7. People Living with HIV and AIDS in Thailand as a Transnational Social Actors Wolfram Schaffar 8. Asian New Religious Movements as Transnational Cultural Systems: The Interplay of Agency and Structure Wendy Smith Section 3: Transnational Education and Social Support 9. Relaunching Citizenship Within an Agency-Oriented Perspective: Transnational Lessons from Social Work and Educational Studies Eberhard Raithelhuber 10. Transnational Transformations of Schooling in Toronto, Canada Naomi Lightman 11. Transnational Social Work Communities: NGOs Organizing Social Support in International Development Cooperation Nadin Tettschlag 12. Social Security in Transnational Legal Space: Limitations and Opportunities Keebet von Benda-Beckmann
Stefan Köngeter is a Postdoc Research Fellow in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
Wendy Smith is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at Monash University.