Transnational mobility, strong states and contested sovereignty: learning from the China–Taiwan context

Momesso, Lara and Lee, Chun-Yi (2017) Transnational mobility, strong states and contested sovereignty: learning from the China–Taiwan context. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 26 (4). pp. 459-479. ISSN 0117-1968

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Abstract

Mobility across the Taiwan Strait has intensified since the border was opened in 1987. The cross-border social, cultural and economic exchanges, however, have remained closely embedded in the nationalistic logic specific to cross-Strait relations. Employing a state-centered approach and building on a comparative analysis of the interaction between Beijing and two groups of cross-Strait migrants (mainland spouses in Taiwan, and Taiwanese investors in China), this paper examines the various ways in which a state may still exert influence over migrant communities in a context of increased mobility and exchanges. This paper argues that the nation-state may still shape migrants’ experiences, particularly when sending and receiving governments have unresolved disputes. Under these conditions, state actors may use migrant communities to achieve their nationalistic goals.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: cross-Strait migrations, cross-Strait relations, state interests, nationalism, Lupeis, Taishangs
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0117196817747102
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2017 22:18
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48715

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