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Examining 'Expatriate' Continuities: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile Professionals
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 16:31 authored by Anne-Meike FechterAnne-Meike Fechter, Katie WalshKatie Walsh
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.
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JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
PublisherTaylor & Francis
SeriesJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Department affiliated with
- Anthropology Publications
NotesSpecial issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies - Fechter's research has produced both the introduction and the substantive piece.
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