Examining 'Expatriate' Continuities: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile Professionals

Fechter, Anne-Meike and Walsh, Katie (2010) Examining 'Expatriate' Continuities: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile Professionals. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36 (8). pp. 1197-1357. ISSN 1369-183X

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In recent years, the interdisciplinary fields of colonial and postcolonial studies have been enriched by nuanced analyses of the ways in which racialised colonial identities (cross-cut by gender, class and sexuality) have been enacted in particular settings. Nevertheless, the
quantity and quality of knowledge about the lives of European colonials and settlers can be held in stark contrast with the relative scarcity of studies of those who might be regarded as their modern-day equivalents: contemporary ‘expatriates’, or citizens of ‘Western’ nation-states who are involved in temporary migration processes to destinations outside ‘the West’. These contemporary expatriates are rarely considered through a postcolonial framework. As a corrective, this special issue of JEMS draws together eight articles, each of which explicitly engages in different ways with this theoretical concern. In
this introductory paper we argue for the significance of the past in shaping contemporary expatriate mobilities and note postcolonial continuities in relation to people, practices and imaginations. While discussing the resonances across various geographical sites, we emphasise the need to also consider the particularity of postcolonial contexts. Finally, we suggest that we need to broaden the current, somewhat myopic focus on Western expatriates, to understand them in relation to other groups of migrants, particularly in globalising cities, and to include the perspectives of locals.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies - Fechter's research has produced both the introduction and the substantive piece.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Anne-Meike Fechter
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 12:16
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10265

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