International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century

International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century - New Ethnographies

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Synopsis

Winner, 2014 BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed inaugural award for ethnography, in association with the British Sociological Association This ethnographic account of seafarers considers issues of transnationalism in the twenty-first century and discusses the detailed life experiences of migrant workers in this context. It argues for a consideration of the social space available to transnational migrant workers and suggests that the transnational experiences of migrants may be more likely to involve exclusion and alienation than an expansion of social space as a result of bi-location in more than one community. Based upon original qualitative research in three different settings, the book draws upon voyages undertaken by the author on five different working cargo ships. It describes the situation of seafarers from Cape Verde and Ghana searching for work in northern Germany and considers the perspectives of women married to Indian seafarers resident in Goa and Mumbai. This highly readable book will be of interest to readers from a variety of disciplines who are interested in ethnography, particularly in the fields of social sciences and humanities who are interested in issues of migration, transnationalism, work, the shipping industry and globalisation. It will also appeal to individuals with a connection to, or an interest in, the merchant navy.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719095535
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 387.508624
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 196
Weight: 306g
Height: 233mm
Width: 159mm
Spine width: 11mm