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Imagined Mobility

Migration and Transnationalism among Indian Students in Australia

Michiel Baas

Imagined Mobility

Critically examines the history and current issues on the migration of Indian students to Australia.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781843318934
October 2010 | 276 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
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About This Book

‘Baas’s juggling between the big and the small, between the global transformations of higher education and the specific aspirations and life trajectories of his informants […] gives the book its texture and complexity. […] What makes ‘Imagined Mobilities’ a fine example of ethnographic writing is the modest and reflexive way in which it shows how [student-migrant] paths urge us to think beyond current ways of conceiving migration and transnationalism.’ —Brett Neilson, University of Western Sydney, in ‘Asian Studies Review’

‘Imagined Mobility’ is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the recent troubled history of the tens of thousands of Indian students attracted to study in Australia.' —Bob Birrell, Reader in Sociology, Monash University and editor of ‘People and Place’

With its close analysis of the phenomenon of the migration of Indian students to Australia, this book critically approaches the entanglement of the education industry with migration opportunities, and looks into the goals and aspirations of the Indian middle class. It discusses the overlaps of studies on migration and transnationalism, and raises questions on skilled migration.

Readership: Suitable for students and scholars of South Asian studies, Australian studies, globalization, migration, transnationalism and the educational sector.

Author Information

Michiel Baas is a researcher with the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. His work focuses on India, the middle class, migration, transnationalism and mobility.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; List of Abbreviations and Acronyms; Acknowledgements; Departure - Migration, Transnationalism and What Lies In-Between; First Semester - Of Leaving and Arriving: From and to a Culture of Migration; Second Semester - Some History Lessons as well as Learning the Hard Way; Summer School - A History of Students Going Overseas; Third Semester - Learning How to Work In-Between: Legal and Illegal Realms; Fourth Semester - Graduating as a Migrant; Arrival - Imagined Mobility; A New Departure - Curry Bashing and Alien Space Invaders; Data, Dilemmas and Doing Fieldwork the Ethical Way; Notes; References; Index