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'In the context of declining fertility rates, a wide range of OECD countries are constructing "study-migration" pathways, with international students a prized but contested human capital resource. Michiel Baas's ethnographic analysis of Indian students in Australia provides fascinating insight into this phenomenon, researched on a participant-observation basis. Scaffolded on the four semesters of Indian students' enrolment, Baas examines their pre-migration aspirations and expectations, the social and economic peripheralism they experience, and the complex interplay of their study, work and migration objectives. The backdrop is transnationalism at the start of the 21st century, with international study the portal to many imagined lives. Baas's book will appeal to readers of Buruma's 'Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance'. 'Imagined Mobility' is a timely, intimate and engaging global study, addressing international education, migration, and integration policy issues.' --Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Associate Dean International, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
'A revealing narrative of the "migration cycle" of present generation Indian students in transnational space. This text traces the changing mindscape of expatriate students through its various phases.' --Binod Khadria, Professor of Economics and Education, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the author of 'The Migration of Knowledge Workers' and editor of 'India Migration Report'
'Dr Michiel Baas' in-depth and up-to-date study 'Imagined Mobility' is a rare, precise and timely intervention in the field of Australia-India relations for both scholars and policy makers. Dr Baas' work, presented through extensive anthropological field research, revaluates the concepts of transnationalism and transnationals and offers daring and insightful perceptions on the workings of the Australian education industry and the much-hyped and controversial phenomenon of "curry-bashing". At the same time this incisive study portrays a humane picture of the students and skilled migrants from India.' --Dr Amit Sarwal, Treasurer, Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA) and Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rajdhani College, University of Delhi
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.
About the Author
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
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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