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Workers Across the AmericasThe Transnational Turn in Labor History$
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Leon Fink

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731633.001.0001

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Overlapping Spaces

Overlapping Spaces

Transregional and Transcultural

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Workers Across the Americas

Dirk Hoerder

Oxford University Press

“Transnational” has become a catchword. Political categories, like bordered nation-states and empires, fail to capture the experiences of labor migrants, who, like nonmigrants, were socialized in localities and regions, which did not always begin or end at imposed borderlines. Thus, it is necessary to superimpose on political-legal frameworks worldwide economic spaces, including sectoral linkages across borders—specific forms of work and specific economic sectors rather than states and national economies attract working men and women to move to new locales. To capture the meaning of such processes requires attention to the agency of migrants and the spaces they create (macro)regionally through migration systems and acculturation into communities. Transcultural spaces need to be determined empirically from labor market options and cultural insertion or exclusion.

Keywords:   transcultural, transnationalism, transculturation, labor migrants, economic sectors

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