9    Transnational Biographies

The Delimitation of Motherhood

Elisabeth Tuider

“Identities [free themselves] of particular points in time, places,pasts and traditions—they are delivered and appear free-floating.”

(Hall 1994: 212)

The ‘deterritorialisation’ of economic and social connections, a ‘compression’ of space and time as well as a ‘delimitation’ of the lifeworld are part of the contemporary social scientific vocabulary, since, as a result of globalisation and migration, it seemed that societies have lost their nation-state identities in favour of a polyphonous character. Corresponding to this societal diagnosis, identities are also being conceived of as liquefied and decentralised. At the level of the individual, a “transnational spatial ...

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