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'The distance between us': a comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants

Ryan, Louise, von Koppenfels, Amanda Klekowski, Mulholland, Jon (2015) 'The distance between us': a comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants. Global Networks, 15 (2). pp. 198-216. ISSN 1471-0374. (doi:10.1111/glob.12054) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this article, through comparing two highly skilled migrant groups in London, we explore how new types of information and communication technologies (ICTs) shape the form and content of transnational practices through time and space. In so doing, we aim to contribute to several debates in the field of migration studies. First, our findings highlight enduring practical constraints emanating from everyday routines and responsibilities, thus questioning the extent to which ICTs may be shrinking the globe and freeing people, even highly skilled ones, from spatial and temporal fixity. Second, we challenge assumptions about the ease of transnationalism by exploring the range and complexity of long-distance interpersonal relationships and their dynamics over time. Third, by focusing on a comparison of relatively affluent, highly skilled migrants, we question the usefulness of the category of ‘middling migrants’. Our findings illustrate that, within this general and wide ranging category, there are diverse experiences, expectations and opportunities of maintaining contact with friends and family at home.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/glob.12054
Uncontrolled keywords: ICTs; DISTANCE; TRANSNATIONAL RELATIONS; HIGHLY SKILLED; AMERICAN MIGRANTS; FRENCH MIGRANTS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
Date Deposited: 16 May 2014 15:13 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41083 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
von Koppenfels, Amanda Klekowski: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8322-3693
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