1st Edition

Rethinking Privilege and Social Mobility in Middle-Class Migration Migrants ‘In-Between’

Edited By Shanthi Robertson, Rosie Roberts Copyright 2022
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the experiences of a wide variety of middle-class migrant groups across the globe, including ‘ethnic entrepreneurs’ building new businesses in cosmopolitan neighbourhoods in Sydney; Chinese grandparents shuttling between Australia, China and Singapore to support their extended families; well-off young Indians in Mumbai strategising their future education pathways overseas; and Japanese mothers finding ways to belong in a London middle-class neighbourhood. This book asks how relatively privileged migrant groups negotiate their life trajectories, relationships and aspirations while ‘on the move’ and how they transform the communities and societies that they move between across time and space. The book’s chapters consider motives for migration, as well as experiences of risk, uncertainty and insecurity in diverse local contexts. A fresh look at the migration of those who possess skills and resources that can bring about significant economic, social and cultural change, this book engages critically with the notions of ‘middling’ migration, social mobility and mobile privilege in the global context of hardening borders and immigration complexity. It will appeal to scholars with interests in contemporary forms of migration and mobility and their local and transnational consequences.

    1. Migrants ‘In-Between’: Rethinking Privilege and Social Mobility in Middle-Class Migration

    Shanthi Robertson and Rosie Roberts

    Part I: Relocating Class: Reconfigurations of Class Through Migration

    2. The Classed Frustrations of Middling Migrants from China in Australia: Suzhi Discourse Meets the Neoliberal Logics of Selective Migration Policies

    Catriona Stevens

    3. Shifting Privileges: An Ethnographic Study of White and Upper-Class Colombian Migrant Women Living in Melbourne, Australia

    Viktoria Adler

    4. Mobile Lives in Search of Place: Homelessness and Frustrated Mobility Among Young Romanians in Madrid

    Silvia Marcu

    Part II: Place, Taste and Aspiration: Local Geographies and Middleclass Imaginaries

    5. Suburban Strivers and the South Bombay Elite: How Localised Micro-Categories of Class Shape International Education in Mumbai

    Nonie Tuxen

    6. Migrant Entrepreneurs and Urban Cultural Economy in Sydney, The ‘City of Villages’: Haymarket’s ‘Chinatown’ and Leichhardt’s ‘Little Italy’

    Andrea Del Bono

    7. The View of Lifestyle Migration: A Brief Exploration of the Ethics of Seeking a Better Way of Life

    Nick Osbaldiston

    8. Navigating Everyday Life in a Middle-Class Neighbourhood: The Ongoing Negotiations of Japanese Women Migrants in Southeast London

    Kaoru Takahashi

    Part III: Relational Dynamics: Middleclass Migrant Families and Couples

    9. ‘Moving Privilege’: Middling Transnational Couples and the Relational Dimensions of Privilege

    Rosie Roberts and Shanthi Robertson

    10. Mothers in the Middle: Rethinking Middling Migration as Relational

    Leah Williams Veazey

    11. Mainland Chinese Grandparenting Migration as Middling Transnationalism: Family, Life Stage and Lifecourse

    Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho and Tuen Yi Chiu


    Shanthi Robertson is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Research Fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is the author of Transnational Student-Migrants and the State: The Education-Migration Nexus and Temporality in Mobile Lives: Contemporary Asia-Australia Migration and Lived Time

    Rosie Roberts is a Senior Lecturer within UniSA Creative and a researcher at the Creative People, Products and Places Research Centre (CP3) at the University of South Australia. She is the author of Ongoing Mobility Trajectories: Lived Experiences of Global Migration.