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Université de Neuchâtel

Editorial : When "expatriation" is a matter of family. Opportunities, barriers and intimacies in international mobility

Cangia, Flavia ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Migration Letters, 2018, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 1-16

This special issue aims at understanding “expatriate” mobility with a special focus on the role of family and intimacy, and brings together different case-studies, built through different theoretical perspectives. These allow approaching “expatriate” mobile families along two main lines: as part of the making of life trajectories, and as these are shaped by, and are shaping, professional...

Université de Neuchâtel

Family, Boundaries and Transformation. The International Mobility of Professionals and Their Families

Cangia, Flavia ; Levitan, Déborah ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Migration Letters, 2018, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 17-31

Two dominant images of migrant professionals, also known as “expats”, have long been common, in the social sciences: on the one hand, they were described as super-mobile individuals, who easily move between places with no time frame in mind, with the openness to engage with diversity; on the other hand, more recent studies challenged the idea of “expat” cosmopolitanism, and investigated...