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Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transnationality

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Few recent phenomena have proved as emblematic of our era, and as little understood, as globalization. Are nation-states being transformed by globalization into a single globalized economy? Do global cultural forces herald a postnational millennium? Tying ethnography to structural analysis, Flexible Citizenship explores such questions with a focus on the links between the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 19th 1999 by Duke University Press Books (first published March 1998)
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Another book from my college days that I somehow own but don't recall reading at all. Was it for my thesis that I purchased this book or was it for a class that I took? I don't know. Its very academic writing didn't allow me to appreciate fully the concepts presented, and our world has shifted much more since it was written so that transnationality is common for so many people living in the U.S. and abroad nowadays. Globalization is the standard operating procedure now, people and families do wh ...more
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Why is the best political anlaysis written by anthropologists?

Ong makes a valuable contribution to the debates on citizenship and globalization. Following from David Harvey's conceptualization of flexible accumulation, Ong contends that the current stage of capitalism is one where flexible accumulation goes hand-in-hand with the geographic mobility of elites. The impact this mobility has on national sovereignty and development strategies is significant, and political theorists would do well to
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Ong has some really interesting ideas, but even though she claims to be taking a bottom-up approach, it seems rather top-down. I think her arguments would be more compelling if she zoomed in on some more specific communities or "everyday" life. It is important point that she is making about studying the "elite other" rather than just the lower class. She definitely points out a blind spot in most research.
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Spoiler alert: only read this review if you have finished the book as it has been filtered through my analytical insights.

More than a case study of diaspora and transnationalism, Aihwa Ong’s anthropological account of the overseas Chinese global elites pushes the field (overseas Chinese studies and anthropology of migration at large) to a new epistemological frontier. It highlights the significance of what was then known as “transnationalism as practice”—a methodological innovation that gained
Feb 08, 2010 is currently reading it
This book is heavy, as in I need to read sentences aloud to understand them. Nominalizations and all that. I think I have a harder time with this kind of reading than others of my education level though.

update: i'm on page 18 and it's getting easier to read. not sure if i'm just getting familiar with the book and the vocabulary and argument, if this part is speaking to me, or what.
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