|Title||Defining and Measuring Transnational Fields|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Authors||Molina, JL, Petermann, S, Hertz, A|
|Journal||MMG Working Papers Print|
|Type of Article||Working Paper|
Transnational social fields and transnational social spaces are concepts used interchangeably in transnational literature. Although both of them refer to the complex of connections between borders, each of them represents a different – and complementary – perspective. In this paper, it will be argued that the adoption of the social networks approach by transnational studies actually inherited two different traditions for studying relational phenomena: the anthropological egocentric or personal network tradition and the sociological or whole network tradition. "Transnational fields” would reflect the former and “transnational spaces” would reflect the latter. In this way, transnational fields would be especially feasible for studying embeddedness in given places, whereas transnational spaces would be useful for studying dynamics between regions, representing two different levels of analysis of the same range of phenomena.