ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the relevance of the materiality and spatiality of destination cities for transnational migrants as they simultaneously maintain their networks of overseas connection and their local social practices. Cities are understood as points in a network of global cities, global cities being the economic and social sites that drive contemporary globalisation and its transnationalisms. Even as transnationals maintain their links to communities and places around the world, inhabiting their global social spaces, they are usually living in cities to which they have migrated and are contending with questions of social inclusion in their everyday urban contexts. The right to the city is thus spelling out what social inclusion consists of, if one grounds it in an urban life, rather than merely a life lived in society. What the global cities literature about transnational networks and behaviours does demonstrate is that there are many transnationalisms and their forms differ for different class groups and for different immigrant groups.