Remittances, Transnational Practices and New Liminal Spaces

Doshi, Mehul. 2010. Remittances, Transnational Practices and New Liminal Spaces. Working Paper. Goldsmiths, University of London, London. [Report]

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In this paper I examine the role that remittances play in the social and technological life. Drawing on my own fieldwork of interviews and observations with money transfer agents, I will set out the ways in which money transfer technologies have impacted upon an understanding of certain spaces in the city. I aim to show the specific role of money, from the point of view of the transfer agent. I contend that the remittance process has a place-specific intimacy, but one which is inflected by a backdrop of deterritorialised money flows. The role of technology is therefore to root trust and security in the transaction process, whilst disorienting orthodox notions of space and time. Using the example of how trust-relations are recast and “reembedded” in remittance transactions, I will argue that money transfer is implicated in a new liminality of space in the city.

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First published in Great Britain 2010 by Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

©Goldsmiths, University of London/Mehul Doshi.


remittance, social and technological life, fieldwork, money transfer,

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Sociology > Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)



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01 Aug 2023 13:16

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01 Aug 2023 13:24


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