Accounting for Transnational Lives

  • Caroline PlüssEmail author


This chapter explains the aims and rationale of this multi-sited study in four global cities: Hong Kong, London, New York, and Singapore. This is to find out if, how, and why living in one of these cities differently impinged on the transnational lives of 109 Chinese Singaporean migrants, who lived and were researched in one of the four cities. The chapter explains how this work contributes to fill gaps in the scholarship of transnational migrants—including the under-studied population of repeat migrants—global cities, and processes of transnationalization. Next, this chapter puts forth this book’s new analytical framework, which serves to account for transnational lives in more encompassing ways than it is usually done in the scholarship on migrant transnationalism. This is by distinguishing between different forms of (dis)embeddedness of migrants in four transnational contexts, in intersections of these contexts, and by emphasizing different types of transnational socialities of migrants. Furthermore, this introduction provides an overview of the chapters of this book.


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