The Transnational Villagers

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University of California Press, Jul 29, 2001 - Social Science - 281 pages
"The Transnational Villagers is one of the finest empirical studies available of a phenomenon that is commanding the attention of scholars and policymakers--the creation and maintenance of social ties and dual lives across national borders. In this admirable ethnography, Levitt offers a glimpse of what the world of the new century might begin to look like. This book both contributes to the vibrant research literature on international migration, and challenges it."—Rubén G. Rumbaut, co-author of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation

"Levitt allows her respondents to speak and to tell marvelously incisive stories that reveal the dislocations as well as the new possibilities associated with transnationalism. The Transnational Villagers is a major contribution to our understanding of the meaning of borders in an age when technology increasingly seems to allow humans to leap effortlessly over them."—Richard Alba, author of Ethnic Identities

"Levitt's study makes abundantly clear that immigration is no longer a one-way process, but a complex multi-faceted experience increasingly bringing together places of origin and destination. A must read for anyone interested in immigration and national development."—Alejandro Portes, co-author of Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second-Generation

"In her study of Dominicans living in Boston yet maintaining close connection with family and politics in the Dominican Republic, Levitt asks, do these new transnational communities mean something new for our long established expectation of assimilation to American society and if so, what? She truly breaks new ground in our understanding of immigration and ethnicity today."—Nathan Glazer, author of We Are All Multiculturalists Now

"Levitt provides an empathetic and rich account of village life and the lives of ordinary migrants, but also makes a major original contribution to social scientists' understanding of migration and the diffusion of global culture. Beautifully written, forcefully argued, and theoretically original, this book should be required reading for anyone concerned with immigration, globalization or development studies."—Mary Waters, author of Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities
 

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Contents

The Historical Context
31
How Global Culture Is Created Locally
54
Reshaping the Stages of the Life Cycle
73
Making Values from Two Worlds Fit
97
When Domestic Politics Becomes Transnational
127
Religious Life across Borders
159
Transnationalizing Community Development
180
Conclusion
199
Appendix A Figures and Tables
217
Appendix B Methodology
231
References
249
Index
271
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About the author (2001)

Peggy Levitt is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

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