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Chapter HAFH 1

SOC367H1 Chapter Notes - Chapter HAFH 1: Identity Formation, Transnationality, Devaluation

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Nov 1st, 2016
Week 7 Reading Home Away from Home: Chapter 1
By Sawa Kurotani
Chapter 1: Domesticating the Global
These Japanese corporate wives and their homemaking in the context of corporate-driven transnational
migration are the focus of this book.
- Japa’s ok foe is pedoiatel ale – no figure that most Japanese workers sent abroad for
corporate work are male
o Gives the wives a role too in sending these men abroad
Creating a Japanese home away from home and make a foreign place livable to their
family members
Translocal friendships one of the most concrete manifestations of globalizations
that become real abroad(otherwise abstract/distant for most of these women)
- Home Away from Home:
o How class affects the experience of globalization in their middle-class positions and from the
vantage point constructed through their professions
Transnational professionals often behave more like sojourners than migrants
expect to return to their home country in the future
Class-specific experiences differed from migrant Japanese
o Transational migration and homemaking of expatriate Japanese wives are driven by the
specific and often contradictory demands of Japanese Capitalism
o Complexity and hybridity of mobility practices i toda’s gloalizig old uge us to e-
examine our conception of mobility itself becoming more and more common
Globalization and Culture
- Globalization: increased geographic mobility and the global flows of information and commodities
appear to disintegrate national and cultural boundaries
o Homogenized global cultural trends and hybrid identities
o Identity formation more fluid with fewer necessary links to a geographic location
- Homogenizes and generates the possibilities for creative mixture and cultural hybridity but at the
- Rise of (neo)nationalism and religious fundamentalism Place-based identity can become a
naturalized and predominant ideology gains the power to construct the subjective experience
o Globalization encouraged the development of novel forms and flexible strategies of identity
making that often transcend the geopolitical boundaries
- What sojourning Japanese may see outside their national and cultural home is in itself the product of
local-global interaction koledge of the othe geerated through their perceived Japaneseness
o Local is global, global is local
o Loal idetities ae stale ad diseet, eig Japaese ad eig Aeia ae utuall
Corporate, Middle-class, and Mobile
- Transnationalization as a result of global expansion
- Manga and novels paved way to a greater awareness and understanding about corporate families
however escaped most anthropological scrutiny
o Perception that their daily lives changed very little during their time abroad (life of luxury
and leisure)
- Early financial advantage 5 years in the US would be enough to build a house in Japan
- After the 1980s, financial advantage disappeared lucky to even break even during the assignment
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