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Trans-World: Debating The Place And Borders Of Places In The Age Of Transnationalism

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  • HUIB ERNSTE
  • HENK VAN HOUTUM
  • ANNELIES ZOOMERS

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In this introductory contribution to this special issue of "TESG", we want to question the usual way of conceptualising places and borders in the debate about transnationalism. We argue, that in studies of transnationalism, on the one hand the idea of nation-states as spatial containers is overcome, but on the other hand also reproduces the same spatial containers. Instead we suggest the use of the term 'trans-world' to avoid any connotation suggesting spatial containers. In this framework, places and borders are instead seen as multi-dimensional and dynamic concepts which can be applied to almost any kind of relationships transgressing and reconfiguring borders and places at all scales. The papers which follow this introduction show how in particular situations and contexts, these transgressing and reconfiguring activities can be conceptualised in very different ways. Copyright (c) 2009 by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG.

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  • Huib Ernste & Henk Van Houtum & Annelies Zoomers, 2009. "Trans-World: Debating The Place And Borders Of Places In The Age Of Transnationalism," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 100(5), pages 577-586, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:tvecsg:v:100:y:2009:i:5:p:577-586
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    1. REITEL Bernard, 2011. "La frontière internationale, objet sémique, processus multidimensionnel, interface signifiante," LISER Working Paper Series 2011-43, LISER.

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