Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism

Europeans in Japan

  • Miloš Debnár

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Miloš Debnár
    Pages 1-26
  3. Migration

  4. Integration and Privilege

  5. Cosmopolitanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Miloš Debnár
      Pages 209-227
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-235

About this book


This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration to Japan, its causes and the lives of Europeans in Japan. It aims to deconstruct the picture of highly skilled, privileged, cosmopolitan elites that has been frequently associated with white or Western migrants. By focusing on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to such a highly developed, non-Western country as Japan, this book offers new insights on increasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for integration of migrants. The book is based on interviews with 57 subjects from various parts of Europe occupying various positions within Japanese society. What are the motivations for choosing Japan, how do white migrants enjoy the ‘privilege’ based on their race, what are its limits, and to what extent are the social worlds of such migrants characterized by cosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity? These are the main questions this book attempts to answer.


European migration to Japan Highly skilled Western migrants White migration and privilege Migration, Cosmopolitanism and Integration Migration to Asia Social integration, cultural practices and Migration

Authors and affiliations

  • Miloš Debnár
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyDoshisha UniversityKyotoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56526-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56149-7
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