Social Networks and Transnational Social Fields: A Review of Quantitative and Mixed-Methods Approaches

Miranda Jessica Lubbers*, Ashton M. Verdery, José Luis Molina

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Abstract

Scholars of transnationalism have argued that migrants create transnational social fields or spaces that connect their place of origin to destination areas. Despite the centrality that social networks have in the definition of these concepts, quantitative and mixed-methods social network research is rare in research on transnationalism. This situation, however, has changed over the last decade, and the transnational social networks of migrants have been studied with multiple methodologies. So far, this literature has not been systematically evaluated. With the aim of taking stock of this research, we classify the literature into four types of approaches (individual, household, dyad/small set, and community) and review their distinct contributions regarding the functioning of immigrants’ transnational networks, as well as the relative strengths and limitations of each approach. On the basis of our analysis, we discuss pathways for future investigation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)177-204
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

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