The Routledge International Handbook of Transnational Studies offers a comprehensive overview of the dynamic evolution and the most recent debates in this interdisciplinary field. The collection assembles scholarship from the social sciences and the humanities that share a critical perspective extending beyond the nation-state. The contributions investigate sustained connections, events, and activities across state borders and acknowledge prevailing global power asymmetries.

The handbook examines the dynamics of transnational processes across seven main themes: epistemological and methodological principles; transnational migrant practices and family remittances; mobilities and (self-)identities; social protection; organizations and social movements; culture, religion, and the arts; and architecture and urban planning. The contributors engage with theoretical developments and analyze empirical cases involving a wide array of critical contemporary topics such as expatriate voting, first- and second-generation return migration, state-sponsored cross-border marriages, access to health care, transnational social work, global religious aesthetics, transnational art corridors, literary translation, remittance-financed architecture, and transnational processes of real estate development and gentrification, among others. They display a series of cross-cutting approaches including postcolonial theory, racism, and gender, and a focus on agency, state policies and macro-structures, and transnational inequalities. This book features multidisciplinary scholars in transnational studies from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This handbook will be of interest to scholars interested in global and transnational perspectives across a wide range of disciplines. It will serve as a key resource for academics, students, and other interested audiences seeking to familiarize themselves with the study of contemporary issues that cross state borders.

part Section 1|44 pages

Epistemological principles and transnational methodologies

chapter 2|13 pages

Expanding the critical knowledge potential of transnational migration research

How to study ‘doing migration’ at the intersection of multiple colonialities?

part Section 2|38 pages

Transnational migrant practices, remittances, and transfers

part Section 3|38 pages

Mobilities, identities, and power structures

chapter 8|12 pages

Gendered state interests and marriage migration policies

The Philippines and South Korea 1

chapter 9|12 pages

White capital

A transnational story

part Section 4|45 pages

Social security, social protection, and health

part Section 5|40 pages

Organizations and social movements

chapter 15|12 pages

Transnational labor activism

The international labor movement and beyond

part Section 7|65 pages

Architecture and urban planning

chapter 21|21 pages

Twin house

Emigrant and immigrant architectures of transnational labor economies

chapter 22|17 pages

Migration and architecture

Remitting as a framework for emergent architectural forms

chapter 23|13 pages

Building dreams back “home”

Transnational urban spatialities of homes, land, and property