Transnational Lives in China: Expatriates in a Globalizing City

Hardcover | January 24, 2014

byAngela Lehmann

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Increasing numbers of people from the developed West are deciding to live and work in the rapidly developing economies of Asia. Transnational Lives in China: Expatriates in a Globalizing City is one of the first book length studies of a contemporary community of expatriates living in China.

The author weaves thick ethnographic data with classical and contemporary sociological theory to explore what is happening to notions of identity and belonging for skilled transnational workers as they move through urban environments perceived as very different from their homes. This book follows the journeys of people from Western nations living in a second-tier Chinese city and examines how status, gender, race and nationality are constructed around moral discourses of 'home'.

Transnational Lives engages with the sociology of emotions and provides an innovative approach to globalization studies. This book will appeal to students and academics within sociology, social anthropology, and human geography.

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Increasing numbers of people from the developed West are deciding to live and work in the rapidly developing economies of Asia. Transnational Lives in China: Expatriates in a Globalizing City is one of the first book length studies of a contemporary community of expatriates living in China. The author weaves thick ethnographic data wit...

Angela Lehmann is Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Xiamen, China. Her research focuses on everyday lives and social change in China.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 0.8 inPublished:January 24, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230348394

ISBN - 13:9780230348394

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I: VULNERABILITIES OF GLOBAL MOBILITY
2. Anxiety and Individualism
3. Ecstasy and Freedom
4. Fear and Difference
PART II: POWER AND COMMUNITY
5. Division
6. Gender and Race
7. Home
8. Conclusion