ABSTRACT

In developing a research agenda for investigating transnational urbanism the book tries to capture a sense of emergent social relations under globalizing conditions that are situated in specific places yet operate across geographical distance and are both embedded in and transgress processes of state power. Cities fostered a wide variety of such translocal linkages, the book argues, because they concentrated the social, physical and human capital used to forge a multiplicity of socio-economic, cultural and political projects that linked localities across borders. In approaching transnationalism from the vantage point of translocal connections it develops an understanding of translocality as a mode of multiple emplacement or situatedness both here and there. Arjun Appadurai's understanding of post-nationalism, like his construction of translocality, rests on the assumption that the power of nation-states to command loyalty and identity is declining in a world of highly mobile subject formation.