Making Home Quick: Feelings of Home and the Home-making Process for Temporary Migrant Workers

Authors: Jocelyn Moylan*,
Topics: Migration, Immigration/Transnationalism, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Labor migration, temporary work, domestic, home, home-making
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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Labor mobility is an object of study which has received considerable attention, particularly from within the discipline of geography. A subset of labor mobility, labor migration scholarship has given particular attention to migrant workers who travel for temporary or seasonal work. Topics under discussion include the economic motivation which leads migrants to accept temporary work, the everyday life experiences of migrants who travel for work, as well as the skills they develop to facilitate their success in that type of labor. One area of inquiry which has escaped discussion, however, is the domestic side of labor migration. This presentation will take a look at the existent scholarship which connects labor migration to two topics traditionally associated with the domestic, the concept of home and the practice of home-making. The discussion will make note of the ways in which current scholarship on home has already enriched and can continue to contribute to labor migration studies. Additionally, it will suggest specific avenues for future research which explores the unique experience of home by temporary migrant workers.

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