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Expatriate Identities in Postcolonial Organizations

Working Whiteness, 1st Edition

By Pauline Leonard


174 pages

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pub: 2010-05-28
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Expatriate Identities in Postcolonial Organizations offers a timely and contemporary discussion of the role of organizations in maintaining or challenging structures and cultures based on racism and discrimination. It offers a key exploration of the relations between whiteness, identity and organization in migratory contexts. It delves into the experiences of expatriates in Hong Kong and the ways in which new identities are constructed in the destinations of migration by exploring the renegotiation of white identities and racialized relationships, and the extent to which colonial imaginations still inform contemporary organizations. By drawing on existing theoretical and empirical material on post-colonialism, identity-making, privileged migration, relocation, transnational work and organizations, this volume brings disparate discussions together in a new and accessible way. It will appeal to a range of sociology scholars as well as to those working in the fields of migration, gender studies, and cultural geography.


'This is an engaging, lucid and vivid description of expatriate lives, as well as a stimulating and legitimate challenge to abstract and macro perspectives on the ’cosmopolitan class’. It provides a hugely important and incredibly well-informed contribution to literature in the fields of globalisation, transnationalism and, especially, labour migration.' Karen O’Reilly, Loughborough University, UK

About the Author

Pauline Leonard is a Reader in Sociology, at the School of Social Science, University of Southampton, UK

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General