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TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATIONS:CROSS-BORDER TIES, HOMES, AND THEORIES
eorising transnational migration has always been based ondoubt for the mainstream, nationalist conceptualisation of mi-gration that emphasised territorially dened national bordersand populations. Transnationalism, by accentuating relationsbetween localities and focusing on movements across nationally demarcated borders, problematises categories which privilegednation-state territories and conceived them as separate and au-tonomous units. It also makes necessary a rethinking of broaderquestions of identity formation under conditions of globalisation.e overall objective of this article is the reconstruction of conceptual frames and theoretical presuppositions shared by re-cent theories of transnationalism which deal with the questionof identity formation of migrants. In the rst part of this articleI am going to give a critical reading of Pnina Werbner’s book
and by revealing theoretical dilemmas presentin this book I attempt to sketch my interpretive strategy. To ex-plore this issue further I am in the second part going to narrow my focus and concentrate on the concept of multi-local lifeworldas it was developed as a theoretical translation of a radical con-cept of transnational social elds. e critical intention of thispaper developed in the second part as well as in the third partdealing with the concept of diaspora is the elaboration on theanalytical distinction between heterodox and orthodox inter-pretive strategies in coping with the question of transnationalidentity formation.