Wives are the route to social life: an analysis of family life and networking amongst highly skilled migrants in London

Ryan, Louise and Mulholland, Jon (2014) Wives are the route to social life: an analysis of family life and networking amongst highly skilled migrants in London. Sociology, 48 (2) . pp. 251-267. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0038038512475109)

Abstract

There is developing interest in the role of social networks in migratory experiences of highly skilled migrants. While there is some research on the networking of single economic actors, there is less focus on the social ties associated with family life and parenting among highly skilled migrants. The limited research that has been undertaken, mainly in the USA, points to the role of ‘trailing wives’ in building local social relationships. This article draws on a study of French highly skilled families in London, and explores the role of women in negotiating access to local social ties. Following Eve, we use social network theory to explore the composition, function and dynamism of these social relationships and develop a ‘sociological explanation’ of networking strategies. We contribute to understanding the ‘human face’ of highly skilled migrants, by examining the opportunities and the unanticipated obstacles they encounter in building new social ties.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print June 6, 2013.
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 15954
Depositing User: Jon Mulholland
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 15:02
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2019 15:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15954

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