Encyclopedia of International and Intercultural Communication
Transnationalism gives intercultural communication more than just an idiom for scattered migrant flows or for border crossing between sovereign nations. It also considers the affective domain accompanying relocation and dislocation, as social, economic, technological, and political linkages between people continue to grow. Transnationalism has become a turgid term that sheds light on the political‐economic‐cultural aspects of the study of human and social movements. New transnational frames evaluate the territorial and ideological resilience of nation‐states unevenly differentiated by their development policies, economic power, and military might. Theorizing transnationalism is an essential task within the field as it examines extant knowledge production in academia and presents possibilities of change from an economic regime—neoliberal globalization—that has seen few viable alternatives, other than transnational advocacy networks. With transnationalism comes a deep acknowledgment that the power dynamics in the world have shifted, and therefore new linkages of ideas and knowledges need new scholarship that defines them.
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Kapoor, P. (2017). Transnationalism. Encyclopedia of International and Intercultural Communication. Blackwell-Wiley Publishers.