Transnational relationships: The struggle to communicate across borders

Authors
Citation
Sj. Mahler, Transnational relationships: The struggle to communicate across borders, IDENTITIES, 7(4), 2001, pp. 583-619
Citations number
81
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
4
Year of publication
2001
Pages
583 - 619
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(200101)7:4<583:TRTSTC>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
In transnational contexts, and particularly in situations where people have physically migrated across international borders and may be separated by o ther barriers as well, communication cannot be presumed and should be probl ematized. To date, however, research focusing on transnational migration ha s emphasized the kinds of ties people maintain despite corporal separation, such as negotiating transnational households and community associations an d conducting business ventures and political movements. How people accompli sh these tasks across borders has been less developed in the literature, al though authors do acknowledge that modern telecommunications technologies h ave facilitated communication, particularly in comparison to the tools avai lable to earlier generations of migrants. In contrast, this paper focuses o n the ways migrants from a very rural area of El Salvador communicate acros s borders, identifying the roles that gender and power play, with particula r attention to the dynamics between spouses.