Expatriate Global Mobility Industry Migration industry Calculative practices
Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
CRANSTON, S., 2017. Calculating the migration industries: knowing the successful expatriate in the Global Mobility Industry. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, [in press]
This paper argues that we need to pay more theoretical attention to the ways in which migration industries come into being, how they produce a need for themselves within the management of migration processes. Using the example of the Global Mobility Industry, an industry that supports expatriate migration, the paper suggests that we can theorise migration industries as being part of the knowledge economy. It shows how the Global Mobility Industry is produced around the practices of knowing the successful expatriate which work to ‘calculate’ what expatriate migration should look like. In doing so, the paper shows the way in which the calculative practice of compartmentalisation, in producing knowledge about expatriate migration, produce a need for the Global Mobility Industry. This illustrates the importance of widening our understanding of the economy when researching the migration industries.
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This work was supported by the ESRC under Grant ES/I018670/1.