Migration, Citizenship and Identity
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Migration, Citizenship and Identity

Selected Essays

Stephen Castles

Stephen Castles provides a deeper understanding of recent ‘migration crises’ in this fascinating and highly topical work. The book links theory and methodology to real-world migration experiences, with a truly global perspective and in-depth analysis of the links between economics, migration and asylum and refugee issues.
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Chapter 18: The myth of the controllability of difference

Selected Essays

Stephen Castles


To speak of 'transnational communities' implies taking the 'national' as a given. The concept of transnationalism only has meaning in a world divided into nation-states. This leads to two paradoxes, one global and the other peculiar to the Asia-Pacific region. The global paradox is that transnationalism is a relatively new, emerging paradigm, whose discourses are clearly and consciously linked to globalization – a process that many argue weakens the nation-state.

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