From a Network Theory to a Social Phenomenon

  • Rajee Kanagavel


This chapter introduces a theoretical framework that interconnects the concepts of personal networks, transnationalism, and social support. Social support and transnationalism are not only administered through the flow of activities and resources, but are also influenced by the network of relationships themselves. Transnationalism proposes a view of how people have connections in two or more countries, for example in both their home country and their new country of residence. They feel allegiances to both, wherein the nation states become less relevant. The concept of personal community plays a crucial role when examining transnational social formations in international students’ networks. Social support exchange is examined through the structure of social networks and relations between actors. This chapter discusses certain important attributes of network members such as geographical proximity and support exchange.


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  • Rajee Kanagavel
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesSingapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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