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

Momesso, Lara; Lee, Chun-Yi

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Lara Momesso



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.

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Momesso, L., & Lee, C. (2017). Transnational mobility, strong states and contested sovereignty: learning from the China–Taiwan context. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 26(4), doi:10.1177/0117196817747102. ISSN 0117-1968

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 17, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2017
Publication Date Dec 15, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 15, 2017
Journal Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
Electronic ISSN 0117-1968
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0117196817747102
Keywords cross-Strait migrations, cross-Strait relations, state interests, nationalism, Lupeis, Taishangs
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48715
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0117196817747102
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