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Expatriate

Following a migration category

By Sarah Kunz

Expatriate
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  • Publish Date: Jan 2023
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-8257-9
    • Pages: 312
    • Price: £20.00
    • Published Date: January 2025

    Description

    Who are expatriates? How do they differ from other migrants? And why should we care about such distinctions? Expatriate interrogates the contested category of 'the expatriate' to explore its history and politics, its making and lived experience. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research, the book offers a critical reading of International Human Resource Management literature, explores the work and history of the Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague, and studies the usage and significance of the category in Kenyan history and present-day 'expat Nairobi'. Doing so, the book traces the figure of the expatriate from the mid-twentieth-century era of decolonisation to today's heated debates about migration.

    Reviews

    Winner of British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2024

    'By focussing on the trajectory of a social category so many of us take for granted, this book offers a creative, critical and provocative engagement with the discursive and postcolonial history of the ways we think about migration more generally. For anyone concerned about the ways migration and mobility have been, and continue to be, governed, imagined and experienced, this book is an essential read.'
    Tariq Jazeel, University College London

    'Kunz's delicate, scholarly tapestry of ethnography and Kenyan independence archives reveals how the category 'expatriate' is entangled in the shifting postcolonial power dynamics of migration and the murky politics of oil. A must read for migration scholars.'
    Caroline Knowles, Queen Mary, University of London

    'Brilliant, insightful and often surprising, this book leverages the ever changing social category "expatriate" to explore the intersections of race, colonialism, management and migration. Scholarly work at its best.'
    Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 Following the expatriate: theoretical and methodological starting points
    Part I: The historical expatriate
    2 From colonial civil servant to expatriate at the eve of Kenyan independence
    3 Towards a new breed of expatriate manager in international business
    4 Remaking the Shell expatriate: from company wife to global citizen
    Part II: The expatriate today
    5 Making international expats in Nairobi
    6 Archiving the temporary expatriate
    7 Studying expatriates: academic divisions of (skilled) labour
    Conclusion
    Index

    Author

    Sarah Kunz is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Essex.

    Expatriate

    By Sarah Kunz

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