Global Heimat Germany : migration and the transnationalization of the nation-state

  • The article explores the increasing gap between the cultural dynamics of transnationalization in Germany and the national self-perception of the German society. While concepts of “in-migration” (Zuwanderung) and ”integration” still stick to notions of the nation-state as being a ”container” embracing and controlling a population and a culture of its own, the various processes of material and imaginary mobility across the national borders contradict and challenge this notion as well as its political implications. By drawing on the transnational lifeworlds and the cultural productivity of migrants, anthropological research has made important contributions to render visible this challenge. It is argued, however, that an all too exclusive focus on migration may, in fact, rather conceal the wider effects of transnationalisation and cultural globalisation on the society and its cultural fabric as a whole.

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Author:Regina Römhild
Parent Title (German):Transit
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2005
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2007/02/27
Tag:cultural globalization; migration; transnationalization
Issue:issue 1, article 50903
This paper was presented at a conference, entitled “Goodbye, Germany?
Migration, Culture, and the Nation-State,” which took place at the University of California, Berkeley, on October 28-30, 2004.
Source:In: TRANSIT: Vol. 1: No. 1, Article 50903.
Institutes:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften / Kulturwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 39 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore / 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht