By Ludger Pries
Fresh phrases comparable to globalisation, digital truth, and our on-line world point out that the normal concept of the geographic and the social house is altering. New Transnational Social areas illustrates the modern courting among the social and the spatial which has emerged with new communique and transportation applied sciences, along the large transnational circulate of individuals.
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But, at the same time, we have to develop new instruments as well. For example, relations between the social and the (geographic) space force us to consider issues that can only be studied if we find new ways to combine local, micro-regional, national, macro-regional and global levels of analysis. Studies of transnational social spaces require methodological and methodical innovations as well. The multi-sited networking of research teams in different places is one important way to capture pluri-local social realities.
The same would be true if we sacrificed the spatial dimension of the social completely by notions of delocalization, deterritorialization, or “abstraction of older concepts from territorial reference” (Albrow et al. 1997, p. 35). Instead, we must first be aware of the historic tendency to see the configurations of geographic and social entities as mutually and exactly overlapping. Secondly, we have to combine the various geographic frames of referencethe local, the micro-regional, the national, the macro-regional and the globalwhen analysing the social.
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