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Transnational Lives: Expatriates in Indonesia

Transnational LivesPrivileged migrants, such as expatriates living abroad, are typically associated with lives of luxury in exotic locations. This fascinating and in-depth study reveals a more complex reality. By focusing on corporate expatriates the author provides one of the first book length studies on "transnationalism from above".

The book draws on the author's extended research among the expatriate community in Jakarta, Indonesia. The findings, which relate to expatriate communities worldwide, provide a nuanced analysis of current trends amonth a globally mobile workforce.

While acknowledging the potentially empowering impact of transnationalism, the author challenges current paradigms by arguing that the study of elite migration shows that transnational lives do not always entail fluid identities but the maintenance of boundaries - of body, race and gender.

The rich ethnographic data adds a critical dimension to studies of migration and transnationalism, filling a distinct gap in terms of theory and ethnography. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book will be of interest to academics and students, particularly in anthropology, migration studies and human geography.

This beautifully evocative text, based on rich ethnographic material, relocates the privileged, white, migrant within the mainstream of global migration studies. With an emphasis on their embodied and gendered experiences of everyday life, it makes an important, sensitive and timely contribution to contemporary debates around the intersection of the global and the local, mobility and boundaries, and the stratification of migration. Karen O'Reilly, University of Loughborogh, UK

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© 2007 Anne-Meike Fechter

About the Author

Anne-Meike Fechter is a Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex, UK.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Expatriates; Who Are They?
Chapter 2: Transnational Lives and Their Boundaries
Chapter 3: Expatriate Wives
Chapter 4: Space, Embodiment and the Gaze
Chapter 5: Boundaries of the Body
Chapter 6: Performing Expatriate Identities
Chapter 7: Young Expatriates, Alternative Lifestyles?
Chapter 8: A Peculiar Tribe

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