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Repatriation to France and Germany

A Comparative Study Based on Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice

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  • Study in the Field of Economic Science
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About this book

A significant amount of German and French career agents are involved with international careers. Applying Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice, Matthias Walther compares the repatriation of German and French career agents into the external labor markets of their parent country career fields. A qualitative content analysis of 40 semi-structured interviews shows that the German and French career agents’ career capital and habitus develops during expatriation, which has an important impact on the re-integration into the parent country career field. The Author shows that in an international career mobility context, the rules of the game change compared to the rules in a pure national career context, which challenges the pertinence of national career models in understanding repatriation in a Franco-German context.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Universität Bamberg, Brüssel, Belgium

    Matthias Walther

About the author

Dr. Matthias Walther obtained his PhD in Management as a cotutelle de thèse from the University of Bamberg (D) and the University of Lyon 3 (F).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Repatriation to France and Germany

  • Book Subtitle: A Comparative Study Based on Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice

  • Authors: Matthias Walther

  • Series Title: mir-Edition

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Gabler Wiesbaden

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-658-05699-5Published: 04 June 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-658-05700-8Published: 19 May 2014

  • Series ISSN: 2512-5494

  • Series E-ISSN: 2512-6490

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 328

  • Number of Illustrations: 33 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Resource Management, Business Strategy/Leadership, Business and Management, general

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