Migration, Work and Home-Making in the City: Dwelling and Belonging among Vietnamese Communities in London

1st Edition

Annabelle Wilkins

Published April 9, 2019
Reference - 180 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138577176 - CAT# Y382801
Series: Studies in Migration and Diaspora


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This book explores the relationships between home, work and migration among Vietnamese people in East London, demonstrating the diversity of home-making practices and forms of belonging in relation to the dwelling, workplace and wider city. Engaging with wider scholarship on transnationalism, urban mobilities and the geopolitical dimensions of home among migrants and diasporic communities, the author draws on ethnographic work to examine the experiences of people who migrated from Vietnam to London at different times and in diverse circumstances, including individuals who arrived as refugees in the 1970s, as well as those who have migrated for work or education in recent years. Migration, Work and Home-Making in the City thus sheds new light on the social, material and spiritual practices through which people create senses of home that connect them with their country of origin, and reveals how home-making is constrained by immigration policies, insecure housing and precarious work, thus highlighting the barriers to belonging in the city.

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