Transnational Professions

Brooke Harrington*, Leonard Seabrooke

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This review answers recent calls to consider the transformative role of transnational professions in contemporary globalization. We distinguish these professions from those traditionally centered in sociological research: that is, from professions constrained by states' geographical boundaries and by nationally-based professional associations. Over the past two decades, a vibrant research stream has emerged on professionals and forms of work that transcend national boundaries, raising new questions about agency, territoriality and the replication of privilege in world society. We examine transnational professions across a range of occupations and sectors, as well as world regions, extracting the implications for sociological theory and methods. Our review concludes by outlining a scholarly agenda that highlights the opportunity structures and likely trajectories for those who locate themselves in transnational professional space, suggesting how they can be investigated in future research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2019
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAmerican Sociological Association Annual Meeting. ASA 2019: Engaging Social Justice for a Better World - Sheraton New York Times Square & New York Hilton Midtown, New York, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201913 Aug 2019
Conference number: 114


ConferenceAmerican Sociological Association Annual Meeting. ASA 2019
LocationSheraton New York Times Square & New York Hilton Midtown
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
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  • Professionals
  • Transnational
  • Cross-border
  • Globalization

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