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'The distance between us': A comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants

Ryan, Louise; Klekowski Von Koppenfels, Amanda; Mulholland, Jon

Authors

Louise Ryan

Amanda Klekowski Von Koppenfels

Jon Mulholland Jon.Mulholland@uwe.ac.uk
AHOD in Sociology & Criminology and Associate Professor



Abstract

© 2014 Global Networks Partnership & John Wiley & Sons Ltd. In this article, through comparing two highly skilled migrant groups in London, we explore how new types of information and communication technologies (ICTs) shape the form and content of transnational practices through time and space. In so doing, we aim to contribute to several debates in the field of migration studies. First, our findings highlight enduring practical constraints emanating from everyday routines and responsibilities, thus questioning the extent to which ICTs may be shrinking the globe and freeing people, even highly skilled ones, from spatial and temporal fixity. Second, we challenge assumptions about the ease of transnationalism by exploring the range and complexity of long-distance interpersonal relationships and their dynamics over time. Third, by focusing on a comparison of relatively affluent, highly skilled migrants, we question the usefulness of the category of 'middling migrants'. Our findings illustrate that, within this general and wide ranging category, there are diverse experiences, expectations and opportunities of maintaining contact with friends and family at home.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Global Networks
Print ISSN 1470-2266
Electronic ISSN 1471-0374
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Pages 198-216
APA6 Citation Ryan, L., Klekowski Von Koppenfels, A., & Mulholland, J. (2015). 'The distance between us': A comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants. Global Networks, 15(2), 198-216. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12054
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12054
Keywords ICTs, distance, transnational relations, highly skilled, American migrants, French migrants
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12054
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ‘The distance between us’: A comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12054. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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