This book explores the relationships between home, work and migration among Vietnamese people in East London, demonstrating the diversity of home-making practices and forms of belonging in relation to the dwelling, workplace and wider city. Engaging with wider scholarship on transnationalism, urban mobilities and the geopolitical dimensions of home among migrants and diasporic communities, the author draws on ethnographic work to examine the experiences of people who migrated from Vietnam to London at different times and in diverse circumstances, including individuals who arrived as refugees in the 1970s, as well as those who have migrated for work or education in recent years. Migration, Work and Home-Making in the City thus sheds new light on the social, material and spiritual practices through which people create senses of home that connect them with their country of origin, and reveals how home-making is constrained by immigration policies, insecure housing and precarious work, thus highlighting the barriers to belonging in the city.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
1. Conceptualising Home, Work and Migration in Urban Contexts
2. Locating East London’s Vietnamese Communities
3. Routes, Journeys and Encounters: Experiences of Departure and Arrival
4. Home, Work and the City: Between Vietnam and East London
5. Material, Emotional and Spiritual Homes
6. Future Homes, Mobilities and (Im)possibilities of Belonging
7. Conclusion: Where is Home in the Super-diverse City?
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