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Hometown Transnationalism

Long Distance Villageness among Indian Punjabis and North African Berbers


Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas Lacroix
      Pages 1-14
  3. Methodological and Theoretical Outline

  4. Transnationalism: An Emergent Process

  5. State Policies and Immigrant Volunteering: The Developmentalist Turn

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 190-217

About this book


Collective remittances, that is to say development initiatives carried out by immigrant groups for the benefit of their place of origin, have been attracting growing attention from both academics and policy makers. Focusing on hometown organisations, this book analyses the social mechanics that are conducive to collective transnationalism.


migrants migration Nation nationalism organization Transnational

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of PoitiersFrance

About the authors

Thomas Lacroix is CNRS Deputy Director of Migrinter, University of Poitiers, France. His work addresses the relationships between transnationalism and development, with a specific focus on North African emigrants. In 2005 he published Les réseaux marocains du développement. He is also also Associate Editor of the journal Migration Studies.

Bibliographic information


“This monograph synthesizes and builds on Lacroix’s long-term research on three diasporas: Algerian Kabyles and Moroccan Chleuhs (both Berber subgroups) living in France and Indian Sikhs living in the United Kingdom. … This book is rich and insightful, and I recommend it as a resource for migration scholars (faculty and postgraduate students, at least), both theoretically and empirically. For policymakers it points (correctly) to the ambiguities and downright muddle of policy toward migrants in both home and host countries.” (Martin Evans, International Migrant Review, Vol. 51 (1), 2017)