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Nation, Migration, Identity: Learning from the Cross?Strait Context

Momesso, Lara; Lee, Chun?yi


Lara Momesso


It has been argued that globalisation, with its flexible landscapes of production, consumption and mobility, has favoured the emergence of new forms of belonging and identity that are not necessarily built on such principles of the nation state. In this paper, we argue that this process is more likely to happen when movements occur between states that are not in conflictual relations with each other. When the relations between two nations are shaped by conflicts, for instance due to disputes about sovereignty over a territory, nationalism may remain a crucial factor shaping identification and belonging of those who move between the two territories. In this paper, by taking the case of migrants moving between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, we will shed light on how the issue of " unresolved sovereignty " may eventually lead these actors to reinforce nationalist ideals and identities in their daily narratives and practices, instead of favouring the generation of hybrid identities.


Momesso, L., & Lee, C. (2019). Nation, Migration, Identity: Learning from the Cross?Strait Context. International Migration, 57(4), 218-231.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2019
Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2020
Journal International Migration
Print ISSN 0020-7985
Electronic ISSN 1468-2435
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 4
Pages 218-231
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Momesso, L. and Lee, C. (2019), Nation, Migration, Identity: Learning from the Cross?Strait Context. Int Migr., which has been published in final form at . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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