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As increasingly used, the term transnationalism refers either to an activity that takes place across international political boundaries or to a wholly new state of world society that is rendering the hitherto politically organized world of nation-states more or less obsolete. In this respect, transnationalism is a slippery term that has come to be defined in distinct disciplinary ways, much like the similar definitional slippage entailed in the term globalization. For example, in economics, transnationalism usually refers either to businesses that operate in more than one country or to goods, like automobiles, the parts of which are made in different countries and assembled in others or, finally, to services, like finances, that now circulate rapidly and easily across international boundaries (Kaldor, 2004).

In sociology, those ...

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