Constructing international relations: The role of transnational migrants and other non-state actors

Authors
Citation
Sj. Mahler, Constructing international relations: The role of transnational migrants and other non-state actors, IDENTITIES, 7(2), 2000, pp. 197-232
Citations number
76
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
7
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
197 - 232
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(200006)7:2<197:CIRTRO>2.0.ZU;2-I
Abstract
This article explores the relationship between states and transnational mov ements of people th rough the trope of diplomacy. A standard definition of diplomacy is the conduct of negotiations between nations. From the normativ e perspective, international migration lies within the jurisdiction of dipl omacy-often precipitating diplomatic crises-but is not usually viewed as co nstitutive of diplomatic relations. Likewise, such migration is widely ackn owledged as structured by colonial and neocolonial ties but is not often co nstrued to structure, produce, or reproduce these ties. Lastly, diplomacy i s generally seen as the domain of state agents or diplomats. What about non -state actors such as migrants and even tourists? Can they also be agents i n the construction and exercise of international relations? I will argue th at transnational actors actually construct and affect the relationships bet ween states, but that these relations have not been developed fully.