The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies brings together the various fields within which transregional phenomena are scientifically observed and analysed. This handbook presents the theoretical and methodological potential of such studies for the advancement of the conceptualization of global and area-bound developments.

Following three decades of intense debate about globalization and transnationalism, it has become clear that border-crossing connections and interactions between societies are highly important, yet not all extend beyond the borders of nation-states or are of truly world-wide reach. The product of extensive international and interdisciplinary cooperation, this handbook is divided into ten sections that introduce the wide variety of topics within transregional studies, including Colonialism and Post-Colonial Studies, Spatial Formats, International Organizations, Religions and Religious Movements, and Transregional Studies and Narratives of Globalization. Recognizing that transregional studies asks about the space-making and space-formatting character of connections as well as the empirical status of such connections under the global condition, the volume reaches beyond the typical confines of area and regional studies to consider how areas are transcended and transformed more widely.

Combining case studies with both theoretical and methodological considerations, The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies provides the first overview of the currently flourishing field of transregional studies and is the ideal volume for students and scholars of this diverse subject and its related fields.

chapter |16 pages

Transregional studies

A new approach to global processes

part I|74 pages

Histories of area studies and methodological approaches

chapter 2|9 pages

Balkan counter-circulation

Internationalizing area studies from a periphery during the Cold War

chapter 4|12 pages

Area studies, regionalwissenschaften, aires culturelles

The respatialization of area studies from a bird’s-eye view

chapter 5|9 pages

Methods in transregional studies

Intercultural transfers

chapter 6|7 pages

Comparative area studies

part II|56 pages

Colonialism and post-colonial studies

chapter 9|7 pages

Multiple Atlantics

chapter 10|8 pages

Indian Ocean worlds

chapter 13|7 pages

From the village to the world

Subaltern studies as critical historicism

chapter 15|8 pages

Decolonization and Cold War geographies

Remapping the post-colonial world

part III|70 pages

Spatial formats

chapter 16|8 pages

Continents and civilizations

chapter 17|10 pages

Languages and spaces

La Francophonie and other ‘phonies’

chapter 19|9 pages

Border studies

Temporality, space, and scale

chapter 20|9 pages

Global cities

part IV|73 pages

Economic entanglements

chapter 23|14 pages

Conceptualizing the world economy

The world market

chapter 24|8 pages

Great divergence

Addressing global inequalities

chapter 25|9 pages

Property demythologized

Historical transformations and spatial hierarchies of land regimes

chapter 28|8 pages

Power without borders?

Transnational corporations in the global food system

chapter 29|8 pages

Contested extractivism

Actors and strategies in conflicts over mining

part V|74 pages

International organizations

chapter 31|8 pages

Peace and security

chapter 32|8 pages

Trade transregionalism

chapter 33|9 pages

Internet governance

chapter 35|9 pages

Global health

A concept in search of its meaning between Northern dominance and egalitarianism

part VI|59 pages

Mobilities, migration, and diasporas

chapter 40|7 pages

Forced mobilities

Slave trade and indentured migration

chapter 41|8 pages

Refugees and human displacement

chapter 45|8 pages

Migration’s lines of flight

Borders as spaces of contestation

part VII|57 pages

Religions and religious movements

chapter 46|12 pages

The ‘trans’ in the study of religion

Power and mobility in a multiscalar perspective

chapter 47|7 pages

Religious NGOs

The new face of religion in civil society

chapter 48|8 pages


chapter 49|8 pages

Migration, diaspora, and religion

chapter 50|11 pages

Global religious organizations

chapter 51|7 pages


Globalization and glocalization

part VIII|67 pages

(Trans)cultural studies

chapter 52|7 pages

Global theatre history

chapter 53|9 pages

Cultural brokers and mediators

chapter 54|10 pages

Music and revolt

A breakneck ride through the transregional production and significance of jazz and rock

chapter 57|10 pages

Intellectual property rights

part IX|55 pages

Knowledge production, transfer, and application across areas

chapter 61|9 pages

Early warning and conflict prevention

chapter 62|7 pages

Knowledge diplomacy in climate politics

Bridging global policy gaps through a transregional lens

chapter 63|10 pages

Influencing the other

Transnational actors and knowledge transfer in education

chapter 64|7 pages

Transnational knowledge networks

part X|60 pages

Transregional studies and narratives of globalization

chapter 65|8 pages

Global studies and transregional studies

Collaborators not competitors

chapter 68|8 pages

Post-colonial studies

On scapes and spaces

chapter 69|8 pages


chapter 70|8 pages

Global challenges

chapter 71|8 pages

Narratives about globalization

International studies and global studies