(Dis)Embeddedness in Transnational Contexts

  • Caroline Plüss


This chapter starts with a literature review on the (dis)embeddedness of transnational migrants who often have similar characteristics when compared with those of the 109 Chinese Singaporeans studied in one of four global cities: being middle-class, well-educated, often highly-skilled, and having lived in Asia and/or the West. Emphasis in this review also is on literature that pertains to one of the four transnational contexts studied in this book: education, work, family, and friendships/lifestyle. Then, the chapter comments on the characteristics of the four global cities of this book’s multi-sited research: Hong Kong, London, New York, and Singapore. This is by concentrating how the characteristics of these four global cities are relevant to migrants who live in these cities, and who possibly share characteristics with the Chinese Singaporeans studied in this book. Next, this chapter explains the methods of this multi-sited, and qualitative, research. This includes generating and using transnational biographies, and the sampling methods.


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