Migration, Technology & Transculturation: A Global Perspective


Myna German and Padmini Banerjee

Published July 2011


The Center for International and Global Studies,

Lindenwood University Press, St. Charles, Missouri, USA.



Book Synopsis: (from back cover)

Today, many transnational migrants live "dual", even "multiple", lives transcending national borders and across diverse worlds of experience, often sustained by their communities and compatriots locally and from a distance. Fernando Ortiz's construct of transculturation, in acknowledging the intertwined processes of acculturation, deculturation and neoculturation, provides a useful framework for examining cross-cultural adaptation. At the same time, the exponential growth of information and communication technologies (ICTs) over the last few decades has shaped these contemporary trends in migration and cultural adaptation.
A growing number of scientists and researchers have begun to examine the social impact of these new technologies interacting with the increased geographical mobility related to global migration. The burgeoning of initiatives, studies, journals and forums has created a dynamic infrastructure for migration studies scholars. Once viewed as a marginal topic, global migration and its implications for the world at large is now a central concern in the social sciences, economic and political debates and dialogues.
This scintillating collection of nonfiction writings by authors around the world contributes to these ongoing conversations across borders and disciplines through thoughtful and thought-provoking articles, empirical and theoretical, situated within an interdisciplinary framework. Readers will acquire a balanced, nuanced and in-depth understanding of the constellation of circumstances and processes associated in large-scale migration that affect a significant portion of the world's population today and which will continue to have a significant global impact on millions of people in the decades ahead.

About the book:

There is today a great amount of talk about transnationalism and cosmopolitanism as defining features of contemporary migration.  This lively, thought-provoking book has the merit of looking in depth to the role played in these development by the new communication technologies. An important step toward an adequate understanding of contemporary world-society and culture.

(Giuseppe Sciortino, Sociology, SMMS, University of Trento, Italy).


"Apart from the dramatic technological development at the root of today’s globalization, the rapid growth of a new kind of migration and cultural diaspora is arguably the most significant aspect of contemporary global culture, given its transformative role in the identity formation of both the individual and the nation. The assemblage of global scholarship to examine a global issue, the combination of theoretic discourse and case studies, and the penetrating insight made possible by this approach as well as by the extensive literature review are some of the virtues that have made this book a laudable addition to scholarship."

(Professor F. Odun Balogun, Global Studies Program, Delaware State University, USA)

"By its global scope and focus on modern technologies of communication and documentation, this book adds new and important aspects to our understanding of the of the impact of territorialism and migrations and the possibilities of transculturalism and cosmopolitanism in the present era. New challenging phenomena such as digital diasporas and global ghettos enter the scene in the wake of the perspectives opened up by this book."

(Lars Dencik , Professor of Social Psychology, Roskilde University, Denmark)

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