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Social Space and Transnational Social Space: How to Explore a Missing Link?

Saša Božić orcid id ; Sveučilište u Zadru, Odsjek za sociologiju, Hrvatska
Simona Kuti orcid id ; Institut za migracije i narodnosti, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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Proliferation of research and publishing on transnational social space (TSS)
and transnational social field (TSF) in the last two decades indicates that the issues
concerning social ties across the boundaries of nation-states have been getting more
prevalent since the so-called transnational turn in social sciences and migration studies
in particular. However, the concepts which ought to accurately cover relevant
phenomena concerning the spatial composition of social ties and actors across the
national boundaries diverge greatly and show that the concepts based on similar or
even same terminology demonstrate different understandings of space, social ties and
their connection. It is impossible to redefine social spaces and TSSs without multiplying
their meanings and creating further confusion about the boundaries and inference
of these terms. That is why the authors of this paper attempt to identify areas which
contain the connecting points between the concepts and theories on social space as a
physical expression of social relations, and the concepts and theories of TSS. The authors
also emphasise the areas in theorising about social space and TSS which deserve
a special attention in future research endeavours to explain the spatial configuration
of social positioning and of social relations in particular empirical cases, in order to
contribute to (future) harmonisation of at least some social science terminology and
concepts. Finally, in order to achieve some discipline in treatises of social space and
TSS, this paper suggests a “procedure” which could be implemented prior to the
employment of existing terms and concepts in a study of a particular socio-spatial
phenomenon, reaching across borders of nation-states.

Ključne riječi

social space, transnational social space, transnational social field, transnationalism, methodological nationalism

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