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Title: Lifestyle migration in East Asia: integrating ethnographic methodology and practice theory
Authors: O'Reilly, Karen
Stones, Rob
Botterill, Katherine
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © SAGE
Citation: O'REILLY, K., STONES, R. and BOTTERILL, K., 2014. Lifestyle migration in East Asia: integrating ethnographic methodology and practice theory. IN: SAGE Research Methods Cases. London: SAGE Publications, Ltd. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013509192
Abstract: This project was designed to study the lifestyle migration of British migrants in Thailand and Malaysia and Hong Kong Chinese migrants to mainland China. With a focus on the meanings, motivations and outcomes of lifestyle migration in Asian contexts, the goal was to tell practice stories. Practice stories explain a phenomenon by describing how it develops over time as norms, rules, and organizational arrangements are acted on and adapted by individuals as part of their daily lives, in the context of their communities, groups, networks, and families. This paper provides an explanation of the research project and its initial aims; describes what is meant by practice stories, and indicates their role in the design of the research; considers how practice stories emerge from a bringing together of strong structuration theory, the concerns of the lifestyle migration literature, methods, and empirical data; discusses the fieldwork undertaken by the authors in Malaysia and Thailand, and thus, illustrates how a project underpinned by ethnographic methodology and practice theories can address the initial aims of the research project.
Description: This article was published in SAGE Research Methods Cases and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013509192
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.4135/978144627305013509192
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15699
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013509192
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