Kaltmeier, Olaf, ed. Transnational Americas: Envisioning Inter-American Area Studies in Globalization Processes. 2013.

The Americas are shaped by a multitude of reciprocal dynamics which have extensive, conflictive and at times contradictory consequences for society, culture, and politics. These processes are embedded within a history of interdependence and mutual observation between North and South, which originates in the conquest and simultaneous “invention” of America by European colonial powers and which extends into the recent processes of integration. The latter encompass diverse phenomena such as migration, political integration, cross-cultural production and translocal identity formations. This book focuses on the border-crossing dynamics of globalization processes and seeks to conceive of an inter-American space of entanglements as a new perspective in area studies. With 16 essays divided into four sections—“Inter-American Geopolitics,” “Migration, Diaspora, Translocal Communities,” “Globalization of Indigenous Identities,” and “Post-multicultural Identity Politics”—this volume seeks to contribute to a transnational understanding of the Americas.
This collection of essays proposes an inter-American space of entanglement as a perspective for new area studies beyond methodological nationalism. Taking a transdisciplinary approach to these hemispheric area studies, this volume combines findings from sociology, history, political science, literary and media studies. The fifteen essays are grouped into thematic sections on “Inter-American Geopolitics,” “Migration, Diaspora, Translocal Communities,” “Globalization and Medialization of Indigenous Identities,” and “Post-multicultural Identity Politics.”

VOLUME 7 of the book series:

Edited by: Josef Raab (North American Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen)
and Sebastian Thies (Latin American and Media Studies, Bielefeld University)
Co-published with Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Germany

This interdisciplinary series examines national and transnational issues in the cultures, societies, and histories of the Americas. It creates a forum for a critical academic dialogue between North and South, promoting an inter-American paradigm that shifts the scholarly focus from methodological nationalism to the wider context of the Western Hemisphere.

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