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Title: The accumulation of national belonging in transnational fields: Ways of being at home in Vietnam
Authors: Carruthers, A. 
Keywords: Cultural capital conversion
National belonging
Overseas Vietnamese
Transnational citizenship
Transnational fields
Issue Date: Oct-2002
Citation: Carruthers, A. (2002-10). The accumulation of national belonging in transnational fields: Ways of being at home in Vietnam. Identities 9 (4) : 423-444. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The notion of transnational citizenship emphasizes the mobility and flexibility of transmigrants with respect to the affective claims and disciplinary operations of the nation-state. Such representations tend to make redundant the analysis of the deep commitments of time, acculturation, and identification that have traditionally been considered the sine qua non of national belonging. I shall aim to put these modalities of citizenship into a more dialectical relation by arguing that in order to reap the full benefits of their mobility, that is, to be able to secure the highest rates of conversion for their transnational cultural capital, transmigrants must legitimate their claims to national membership by accumulating practical national belonging. These issues will be explored through an ethnographic analysis of the strategies by which overseas Vietnamese attempt to assert and accumulate legitimacy as subjects of national belonging in Vietnam.
Source Title: Identities
ISSN: 1070289X
DOI: 10.1080/10702890214872
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