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COVID-19, Nation-States and Fragile Transnationalism

Daniel Nehring Orcid Logo, Yang Hu Orcid Logo

Sociology, Volume: 56, Issue: 1, Pages: 183 - 190

Swansea University Author: Daniel Nehring Orcid Logo

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Abstract

In this intervention, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has reconfigured transnational mobilities, connections, and solidarities, which reveals the fragility of transnationalism predicated on cosmopolitan ethics but rooted in nation-level politics. We show that as the pandemic severely disrupted...

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Published in: Sociology
ISSN: 0038-0385 1469-8684
Published: SAGE Publications 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59845
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Abstract: In this intervention, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has reconfigured transnational mobilities, connections, and solidarities, which reveals the fragility of transnationalism predicated on cosmopolitan ethics but rooted in nation-level politics. We show that as the pandemic severely disrupted transnational (infra)structures predicated on state-centric transnationalism from above, the survival and well-being of diverse transnationally mobile groups, such as refugees, transnational families, and international students, have been placed under unprecedented threat. In doing so, we reflect on the configurations of transnationalism in sociological understandings of globalisation, in and beyond the context of COVID-19. We advance an urgent call for action to address the consequences of the pandemic for vulnerable people who lead precarious lives in a transnational limbo caught in the gaps between nation-states.
Keywords: COVID-19, globalisation, migrant, nation-states, transnationalism
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 183
End Page: 190