Studies is an important, interdisciplinary thread which runs through contemporary debates on globalization, citizenship, community studies, political geography and identity. It has always represented a significant component of ethnic, multicultural and racial studies but the last few years have seen a steady increase in separate / autonomous courses and modules as students, lecturers and researchers engage with the field. This proposal looks to pull together the central themes of the field; its approach is logical and the three main themes the authors identify are a useful hook upon which to hang the text. International relevance and marketability is obviously important; the inclusion of a US and a UK author with such sympathetic expertise will help to maximise the appeal of the project. The authors are aware of the need to balance the needs of different markets and their willingness to develop the proposal in response to the reviewers' comments is encouraging.
Definition: The tendency among immigrants particularly in recent decades to maintain ties with their country of origin while also integrating in the destination country.
Transnationalism refers to the increasing tendency among migrants to maintain ties with their country of origin – and thus to develop identities and social relations in multiple national contexts rather than being rooted in only one country at any given time. Some migrants now travel back and forth as a matter of routine, send remittances on a regular basis, communicate routinely with family and friends [Page 141](via telephone, email, Skype, etc.), and even engage in political actions such as voting in two (or more) different countries. It is then less plausible to use national-level concepts in a straightforward way when describing ...