“We live a life in periods”
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“We live a life in periods” Perceptions of mobility and becoming an expat spouse
“We live a life in periods” Perceptions of mobility and becoming an expat spouse

Author(s): Julia Büchele
Subject(s): Family and social welfare, Migration Studies
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Narratives, mobility; migration; expat spouses; Uganda;

Summary/Abstract: Deploying organizations strongly support their employees’ relocation with their spouses and children under the premise that families guarantee a social and practical support system (Kraimer et al. 2016). Expat spouses I have interviewed in the course of my qualitative data collection were sure that their migration experience differed significantly from their employed spouses. While for themselves relocation was a (repeated) interruption of the “normal pace of life”, they assumed that their spouses were provided with a “ready-made life” because they started work right away and were thus integrated in a local social setting. This paper explorse different perceptions of expat spouses' mobility and argues that expat spouses learn to be expat spouses through repeated relocations and "mobility work" (Mense-Petermann and Spiegel 2016).

  • Issue Year: 15/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 45-54
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English