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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces$
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Thomas Faist

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.001.0001

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The Bridging Function of Social Capital: Transnational Social Spaces

The Bridging Function of Social Capital: Transnational Social Spaces

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(p.195) 7 The Bridging Function of Social Capital: Transnational Social Spaces
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The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces
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Thomas Faist

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198293910.003.0007

The interests, passions, and ideas undergirding and the resources inherent in social and symbolic ties can traverse nation-state borders for decades. As seen, migrant and migration networks help sustain international migration, even superseding initiating factors. They explain the quantitative leap from ‘why so few out of so many places?’ to ‘why so many out of so few places?’. These processes of critical mass also induce a qualitative leap: transnational networks precipitate full-fledged transnationalisation, predisposing locally bound social spaces to further border-crossing transitions. Several examples point towards circular, regular, and sustained flows of persons, goods, information, and symbols that has been triggered and reinforced by international labour migration and refugee movements. These spaces of flows include not only the bodily circulation of people but also multiple transactions of ideas, monetary resources, goods, symbols, and cultural practices.

Keywords:   migration networks, international migration, transnational networks, refugee movement, transnational social spaces, transnationalisation, initiating factors, labour migration

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