The study of transnational movements

Authored by: Helena Flam

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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Transregional and transnational mobilizations are nothing new. It suffices to mention the missionary, anti-slave, peace, working-class, women’s or even the scout movement. However, sociological research on transnational social movements is present-oriented, relatively recent, and scarce. Although research on transregional and transnational movements is expanding, it is still very modest. It is spread across disciplines such as geography, ethnography, sociology, political science, and international relations. This chapter recounts a variety of mainly qualitative methods applied in studying contemporary transregional movements without claiming to be exhaustive. The presentation follows social movement chronology and includes several world regions. Concluding remarks discuss some shortcomings and gaps arising from the use of such methods.

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