Translocal Geographies: Spaces, places, connections

Brickell & Datta case

Brickell, K and Datta, A eds. (2011) Translocal Geographies: Spaces, Places, Connections, Farnham: Ashgate.

Bringing together a wide range of original empirical research from locations and interconnected geographical contexts from Europe, Australasia, Asia, Africa, Central and Latin America, this book sets out a different agenda for mobility – one which emphasizes the enduring connectedness between, and embeddedness within, places during and after the experience of mobility. These issues are examined through the themes of home and family, neighbourhoods and city spaces and allow the reader to engage with migrants’ diverse practices which are specifically local, yet spatially global.

This book breaks new ground by arguing for a spatial understanding of translocality that situates the migrant experience within/across particular ‘locales’ without confining it to the territorial boundedness of the nation state. It will be of interest to academics and students of social and cultural geography, anthropology and transnational studies.

Reviewed in Population, Space and Place; Australian Planner; European Planning Studies; Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; Social and Cultural Geography; Localities (Korean).


‘An energetic and exciting volume, Translocal Geographies uses diverse empirical examples from around the world to illustrate a groundbreaking concept, and in so doing sheds new light on the experience of mobility in the 21st century. Rarely has Geography seemed so relevant.’
Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland

‘Deploying and developing the concept of translocal this book advances transnational migration studies by situating migrants within specific places and times. This is a much needed multi-scalar corrective for the tendency of scholars to conflate locality of origin and settlement with national identities in mapping a geography of transnational connection.’
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester, UK

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