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Transnational migration and political articulation : making new sense of 'exit and voice'

Transnationale Migration und politische Artikulation : Schaffung eines neuen Sinns von "exit and voice"
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Hoffmann, Bert

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Corporate Editor Universität Bielefeld, Fak. für Soziologie, Centre on Migration, Citizenship and Development (COMCAD)
Abstract "Albert O. Hirschman's scheme of 'exit and voice', long a classic in the study of migration and its political implications, was conceived within the framework of 'methodological nationalism'. However, the rise of migrant transnationalism is eroding the distinction between domestic and foreign actors on which the postulate was based, that exit meant renouncing on voice. Combining theoretical considerations with empirical insights from Latin American migration, this paper calls for a critical reappraisal of Hirschman's scheme. In times of transnational migration, exit, voice, and loyalty are no longer exclusive categories; instead, transnational migration can be conceived of precisely a as a new and non-exclusive configuration of exit, voice, and loyalty, and the modalities of this reconfiguration become key to understanding the political implications of migration. With such a revised understanding, the Hirschmanian metaphor can indeed be a helpful heuristic tool for studies of current migration phenomena." (author's abstract)
Keywords migration; transnationalization; internationalization; international migration; political participation; theory; research approach; nationalism; social integration; Latin America; political impact; developing country
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
City Bielefeld
Page/Pages 19 p.
Series COMCAD Working Papers, 47
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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