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Rethinking social remittances and the migration-development nexus from the perspective of time


  • Peggy Levitt

    (Wellesley College and Harvard University, USA)

  • Deepak Lamba-Nieves

    (MIT and the Center for the New Economy, USA)


This article explores how the conceptualization, management, and measure-ment of time affect the migration-development nexus. We focus on how social remittances transform the meaning and worth of time, thereby changing how these ideas and practices are accepted and valued and recalibrating the relationship between migration and development. Our data reveal the need to pay closer attention to how migration’s impacts shift over time in response to its changing significance, rhythms, and horizons. How does migrants’ social influence affect and change the needs, values, and mind-frames of non-migrants? How do the ways in which social remittances are constructed, perceived, and accepted change over time for their senders and receivers?

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  • Peggy Levitt & Deepak Lamba-Nieves, 2013. "Rethinking social remittances and the migration-development nexus from the perspective of time," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 10(1), pages 11-22, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:10:y:2013:i:1:p:11-22

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    1. Ibrahim Sirkeci, 2016. "Transnational Döner Kebab taking over the UK," Transnational Marketing Journal, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 4(2), pages 143-158, October.
    2. Natalie Zotova & Jeffrey H. Cohen, 2016. "Remittances and their social meaning in Tajikistan," Remittances Review, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 1(1), pages 5-16, October.


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