Transnational cyberpublics: new political spaces for labour migrants in Asia

Law, Lisa (2003) Transnational cyberpublics: new political spaces for labour migrants in Asia. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26 (2). pp. 234-252.

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Abstract

This article offers a cultural interpretation of transnational solidarities that Asian political activists are generating through electronic telecommunications networks. Its focus is on the experiences of the Migrant Forum in Asia [MFA], a network of non-government organizations that question issues of human rights, citizenship and working conditions of labour migrants in the Asian region. MFA’s networking activities are being transformed as email enables daily conversations across multiple national borders, and new ‘imagined’ communities of political action have emerged. English has been chosen as the language of solidarity, and photographs have become important in communicating activities and ideas. These media are innovative modes of transnational communication and shape political spaces that exist in symbiotic relation to the ‘real’. Attention to these practices, spaces and the symbolic meanings activists attach to these communities helps to illuminate a cultural politics of transnational activism in this region.

Item ID: 11521
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: transnational communities; labour migration; activism; cyberculture
ISSN: 1466-4356
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 03:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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