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Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of WorkTransmigrants, Hybrids and Cosmopolitans$
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Banu Özkazanç-Pan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204544

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204544.001.0001

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Mobile Methodologies

Mobile Methodologies

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Transnational Migration and the New Subjects of Work

Banu Özkazanç-Pan

Policy Press

This chapter starts off by noting that transnational approaches contribute a multiscalar understanding and analysis of mobile subjectivities such that attending them to them requires moving beyond comparative lenses. To clarify, a transnational paradigm does not discount the importance of the nation-state but rather, holds is as a precarious achievement and construction made possible by discourses of difference and belonging. Yet the nation-state and thus, ‘cultural values’ as reflections of nation-states cannot be the starting point for an analysis that aims to understand subjectivities that move across scales and the specificity of experiences associated with mobile encounters. This chapter provides examples of work that can attend to these issues under the notion of “mobile methodologies”. Under this approach, researchers move with the research object/subject over time, place and space as needed to understand the assembling of transnational lives, experiences and practices. The chapter contrasts these approaches with existing works within diversity and cross-cultural management research that adopt comparative and static methods that are unable to attend to mobile subjects. In sum, the chapter offers critique and new directions for methodologies that can be used to study transnational subjects.

Keywords:   Mobile methods, Methodologies, Researcher, Movement, Transnational subjects, Encounters

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