FALL 2002




Meetings: Thursdays 3:00-5:00 pm at 216 Hodson

Instructor: H. Deniz Yükseker   e-mail: deniz@jhu.edu  

Office: 532 Mergenthaler Hall and 203 The Greenhouse

Office Hours: Wednesdays: 2:00-3:00 pm  and by appointment (at 532 Mergenthaler)



COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on contemporary transnational movements of people and the social relations that are built around such transnational links. It will survey the growing literature on transnational communities and transnationalism from a political economy and cultural perspective. The objective of the course is to view the mobility of people not simply as a directional movement, but rather to make the unit of analysis a transnational region where people on the move and migrants weave networks of social, political and economic relations. Within this context, particular attention will be paid to transnational political and economic links and the importance of gender relations.


REQUIREMENTS: Regular attendance and active participation in the class discussions are essential. Students must do the assigned readings before each class. Every week, one student will be the discussion leader for a specific reading. She/he will also write a 3- page (double-spaced) review of that reading. Over the semester, each student will have written at least 4 reading reviews. Students will also write a research paper (15 double-spaced pages) on a topic that is related to the subject matter of the course. You should consult with me about your paper topic by mid-semester. Research papers will be presented in the last two weeks of classes. The papers are due on December 16.


The breakdown of grades will be as follows:

Reading reports: 40 percent / Research paper: 50 percent

Participation (attendance, discussion and paper presentation): 10 percent


Note on plagiarism: Any use of another person's ideas or words, taken directly or paraphrased, without citing the source is plagiarism. This includes taking material from the Internet without citing the website. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating will not be tolerated.



All reading materials will be on reserve; marked (*) books are also on sale at the Book Center.


*Modernity at Large. Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. (Appadurai) (1996).

*The Age of Migration. International Population Movements in the Modern World. (Castles and Miller) (1998)

* Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe. (Soysal) (1994).

*The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces (Faist) (2000)

*Flexible Citizenship. The Cultural Logics of Transnationality. (Ong) (1999)

*Gendered Transitions. (Hondagneu-Sotelo) (1994)

Theories of Migration. (Cohen) (1996).

Migration, Diasporas and Transnationalism. (Vertovec and Cohen) (1999)

Gender and Migration.  (Willis and Yeoh) (2000)

“Transnational Communities,” Special Issue, (Portes et al.) Ethnic and Racial Studies, (1999) vol.22, no.2.

Guarnizo and Smith. 1998. “The Locations of Transnationalism” (folder)




WEEK ONE. Sept. 6. Introduction

The Age of Migration.. Chapter 1. “Introduction”


WEEK TWO. Sept. 13. Approaches to international migration.

The Age of Migration. Chapter 3. “International Migration before 1945”, Chapter 4: “Migration to Highly Developed Countries since 1945” and Chapter 5. “The Next Waves: The Globalisation of International Migration”

Portes and Böröcz. 1989. “Contemporary Immigration: Theoretical Perspectives on its Determinants and Modes of Incorporation” (Chapter 10) in Theories of Migration.      


WEEK THREE. Sept.  20. Transnational migration as a new perspective.

Portes et al. 1999. “Introduction: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Field,” in Ethnic and Racial Studies. Special Issue.

Guarnizo and Smith 1998. “The Locations of Transnationalism” in Transnationalism from Below.

Roberts et al. 1999. “Transnational Migrant Communities and Mexican Migration” in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Special Issue.


WEEK FOUR. Sept. 27. Transnationalism and Diasporas: A Cultural Perspective

Modernity At Large. Chapter 2: “Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy”

Clifford 1994. “Diasporas” in Migration, Diasporas and Transnationalism.

Cohen 1996. “Diasporas and the Nation-State: From Victims to Challengers” in Migration, Diasporas and Transnationalism.


WEEK FIVE. Oct. 4. Transnationalism: Case Studies.

The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration

Chapters 1, 3, 4    




WEEK SIX. Oct. 11.  Case Studies (cont’d)

(submit research paper proposals)

The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration

Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8


WEEK SEVEN. Oct. 18. Flexible Citizenship: The Chinese Diaspora

Flexible Citizenship. Introduction, Part 2 (chapters 3, 4)


WEEK EIGHT.  Oct. 25.

Flexible Citizenship Part 3 (chapters 5, 6) and Afterword


WEEK NINE. Nov. 1. Post-National Citizenship: A European Perspective

The Limits of Citizenship. Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8


WEEK TEN. Nov. 8. Gender and Migration

Morokvasic 1993. “’In and Out’ of the Labour Market: Immigrant and Minority Women in Europe” in Gender and Migration.

Hondagneu-Sotelo 19xx. “…” in Gender and Migration.


WEEK ELEVEN. Nov. 15. Gender and migration (cont’d)

Gendered Transitions. Chapters 1, 3, 4 and 5.


WEEK TWELVE. Nov. 21. Gender and Migration (cont’d)

       Gendered Transitions (cont’d)

       Paper presentations start


      WEEK THIRTEEN. Dec. 6.

       Research Paper Presentations