chapter  10
14 Pages

Mobilizing for the transformation of home: Politicized identities and transnational practices: Fiona B. Adamson

Contemporary patterns of migration, and the transnational communities formed by such patterns, cannot be understood without taking into account their relationship to global inequalities in levels of political and economic development. The relationship of migration-based transnational communities to their ‘homes’ is therefore often a deeply ambivalent one – on the one hand, the concept of ‘home’ provides a means of maintaining dense social networks and articulating social, cultural and political identities within new contexts. On the other hand, many of the transnational communities that are analysed in this volume are produced in part as a consequence of severe economic dislocation, political repression or violent protracted conflict in their home states. The relationship of a transnational community to its ‘home’ is therefore as likely to be defined by a desire for transformation, contestation and political change as it is by nostalgia, continuity and tradition.