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Is there a transnation? Migrancy and the national homeland among overseas Filipinos FILOMENO V. AG UILAR J R
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Since the 1990s, the political-symbolic relationship of emigrants to their national homelands has been rearticulated in the direction aptly described by Tölölyan (1996: 19) as ‘the proliferation and valorisation of diasporas’. The trend is occurring in the context of accelerated mass migrations, the sensation of time-space compression generated by global telecommunications technology and the questioning of the nation-state’s prospects in the face of globalization. Part of the contextual frame, but less frequently recognized by those who stress the postmodernity of the current age, is the continuing power of states to decide on the entry and exit of individuals. Also undeniable are the inequalities of capitalism within and across countries and regions of the world. Many have postulated that at the present historical juncture, economic migrants, as well as the broader category of ‘travellers’ adduced by Clifford (1992), would develop multiple deterritorialized identities.