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Ambivalent Transnationalism. Understanding the Long Distance Engagements of Hometown Organisations

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Collective remittances undertaken by hometown organisations for the benefit of their origin area is a well-known illustration of migrant transnationalism. This paper unravels the rationale for these hometowners to engage (or dis-engage) into long distance development practices. The latest evolutions of transnational theory focuses on the spatial extensions of transnationalism embedded into neo-liberal globalization but fails to address the micro level drivers of transnational engagement. It is contended that a revised conception of structure and agency approach to transnational phenomena is likely to shed a new light on actors' transnational engagements and on the role of transnational social institutions such as hometown organisations. This S/A approach presented in this paper draws on ambivalence theory as well as Habermas communicative action theory. The paper also argues that such an approach would open the possibility to open a cross fertilizing dialogue between transnational theory, migration theory and general social theory. The different steps of the demonstration will be illustrated by personal research on hometown organisations in France and the UK.
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halshs-01053412 , version 1 (30-07-2014)

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Thomas Lacroix. Ambivalent Transnationalism. Understanding the Long Distance Engagements of Hometown Organisations. International Sociological Association Congress, RC31 Roundtable. Migration Studies, International Sociological Association, Jul 2014, Yokohama, Japan. ⟨halshs-01053412⟩
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