Transnational repertoires: making yourself at home on the move

Devadason, R (2017) 'Transnational repertoires: making yourself at home on the move.' In: Eade, J and Rumford, C, eds. Re-living the global city: global/local processes. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 80-96. ISBN 9781315717586

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The mobility of the transnational capitalist class has been distinguished from linear and ‘traditional’ migration trajectories that typically involve settlement. Through their heightened mobility and connections across borders transnational actors become channels for the flows of capital and information that constitute globalization. Their identities and biographies are often described as being disembedded from the specificities of place. Yet this account of disembedding has been challenged, more recently, by analyses which recognise how transnational actors are emplaced in particular settings and countries through their everyday engagement with the places where they live, institutional arrangements and employment. This chapter examines how (and whether) actors who are required to relocate transnationally for their jobs make sense personally of their geographical disembedding. Do they make themselves at home on the move? This chapter draws on analysis of survey data and interviews with transnational professionals in two organisations – a multinational corporation and a UN agency – to identify the practices that enable the construction of home on the move. These actors, as employees, are often constrained in their choices – they find themselves living and working in places that they would rather not be. Is it possible under these circumstances to construct ‘home’ in tandem with transience? The analysis presented identifies different methods by which transience is ‘managed’ by those who routinely work across borders. These methods through repetition become transnational repertoires that are situated in specific places, initially, yet become transferrable.

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Part of the 'Routledge Studies in Global and Transnational Politics' series.

Keywords: transnational practises, reflexivity, mobility, home making, UN-professionals, corporate executives
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 14:29
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 01:40
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