chapter  5
Transnational migration and the geographical imperative
ByDavid Ley, Johanna Waters
Pages 18

We are told that with the rise of globalization we live in an era when boundaries are transcended, when borders are transgressed. A putative global space of flows has carried Von Thunen’s isolated state to a further level of abstraction, for, if on the land surface of the isolated state everything was held constant except transportation costs, we are informed that the tyranny of distance itself has now largely been dismissed by the electronic transmission of information and capital. It was, of course, transportation costs that brought geographical differentiation to the Von Thunen land surface, so now with their transcendence, pure isotropic space awaits the decisive arrival of flows through a supercharged global network. The globalization of space suggests that the isolated state, now minus its sticky friction of distance, has been reconfigured to the world itself.