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  • Living Transnational Lives
  • José Itzigsohn (bio)
The Transnational Villagers. Peggy Levitt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.
José Itzigsohn
Brown University
José Itzigsohn

José Itzigsohn is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University. He is the author of Developing Poverty: The State, Labor Market Deregulation, and the Informal Economy in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic (Penn State UP) and of articles such as the forthcoming "Dependency and Beyond: Elements for an Analysis of Social Change in Latin America" (Radical Philosophy Review); "World Systems and Institutional Analysis: Tensions and Complementarities" (Review: The Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center, 2001); and "Immigration and the Boundaries of Citizenship: The Institutions of Immigrants' Political Transnationalism" (International Migration Review, 2000). He has also co-authored "Competing Identities: Race, Ethnicity and Pan-Ethnicity among Dominicans in the US" (Sociological Forum, 2001).


1. Levitt provides an initial typology of communities that may emerge as a result of transnational migration (Transnational Villagers 13; "Transnational Migration").

2. Unfortunately, and not at all uncommonly, the concept of "social capital" remains undefined.

3. This distinction is very well elaborated by Alejandro Grimson in his study of Bolivian identities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Grimson, Alejandro. Relatos de la diferencia y la igualdad [Narratives of Difference and Equality]. Buenos Aires: EUDEBA, 1999.
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Itzigsohn, José. "Immigration and the Boundaries of Citizenship: The Institutions of Immigrant's Political Transnationalism." International Migration Review 34 (2000): 1126-53.
Itzigsohn, José, and Silvia Giorguli Saucedo. "Immigrant Incorporation and Sociocultural Transnationalism." International Migration Review. Forthcoming 2002.
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