Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 2(3), pp. 142 - 148
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2014.020305
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Retracing Propinquity and the Ethno[flow]

Armando Montilla *
School of Architecture, Clemson University, Clemson 29634 South Carolina, United States


Transnational migration flows are the conundrum of mobility and globalization: While transforming entire urban sections of the city into 'ethnic enclaves' - allowing for hosting nodes of reception to new arrivals - they also translate into extrapolated patches of these flows' points of geographical origin, conforming a new urban polynational metropolis. The results of this extra-national presence in the city generate instantaneous transnational connections in terms of financial, media and political links, which simultaneously reverse the original flow back to the point of departure. Thus, both flows consolidate themselves into a continuum: Biopower (Negri)1 aggregates to form the incoming flow, while Immaterial Labour (Lazzaratto)2 configures the reversed flow. Both of them conform the Ethno[flow]3 The Ethno[flow] both generates and hinders multinational integration and propinquity, allowing for simultaneous tension and harmony. It enhances local urban economies, while financially supporting far away points in the globe. 'Transnational Suburbs' (Davis)4 and 'Transnational Community+ies' (Portes)5 are products of the Ethno[flow] The article gravitates around the concept of Ethno[flow] and its impact in the polynational metropolis. Case study analysis will be used to generate critical mass for theoretical elaborations resulting from the study of this phenomenon affecting the contemporary city.

Immigration, ‘Ethnocity’, Finance, Electronic Media

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[1] Armando Montilla , "Retracing Propinquity and the Ethno[flow]," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 142 - 148, 2014. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2014.020305.

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Armando Montilla (2014). Retracing Propinquity and the Ethno[flow]. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 2(3), 142 - 148. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2014.020305.