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Transnational Social Networks

Who we are

The working group “Transnational Social Networks” consists of academics and researchers who are working in the area of border-crossing social networks in the context of migration research, organizational structures and social movements in various parts of the world. The group teamed up within the context of the research training group 1474 "Transnational Social Support", when PhD students developed a common research interest and started to actively cooperate with other international academics through joint workshops, conferences and panel organizations.

What we do

Relational ideas underlie transnational studies from the beginning, because the investigation of social networks helps to understand the crosscutting transfer of ideas, transnational support, as well as the formation of opinions and life-styles beyond nation states. The social network perspective also enables an analysis of how the embeddedness in transnational social relations represents both constraints and opportunities for social action in reconstructing relational power and dependency conditions. Transnational social networks are organized in different ways, which range from informal contacts to formalized frameworks. They can be studied with methodological approaches ranging from qualitative and ethnographical studies, mixed-methods, to quantitative approaches by using various methods, e.g. social network analysis (SNA).
To illustrate the relevance of transnational social networks in social work and social sciences the working group “Transnational Social Networks” approaches social relations or social structures of individuals’, migrations´, communities’ or organizations’ interaction that cross nation-state boundaries and are located in more than one national context.

Related to this group is the R-N-N-R [research-network - network-research]. Find more information here.