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Producing migrant encounter: Learning to be a British expatriate in Singapore through the Global Mobility Industry

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posted on 15.02.2016 by Sophie Cranston
Culture shock is when the experience of difference is seen to emotionally overwhelm a migrant. In this paper, I look at how the Global Mobility Industry, an industry that acts as an outsourcer for international human resource management processes, seeks to treat culture shock in the corporate expatriate. Through arguing that different cultures become medicalised as a risk to the expatriate, the paper makes two key points. First, there is a need to understand the way in which migration industries play a role in producing how migrants experience migration, with the paper illustrating a way through which we can conceptually engage with how the Global Mobility Industry manages encounter. Second, through this I argue that there are spaces out with the ‘contact zone’ through which encounter is learnt, highlighting a need and providing a theoretical basis for how research on migrant identities can explore different sites through which migrant subjectivities are produced as part of their journey’s abroad.

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The research was funded through an ESRC studentship ES/I018670/1.

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  • Geography and Environment

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Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

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CRANSTON, S., 2016. Producing migrant encounter: Learning to be a British expatriate in Singapore through the Global Mobility Industry. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 34 (4), pp. 655-671.

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2016-02-10

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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1472-3433

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