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Good Times in Buenos Aires: Being an "Expat" in the City of Foreigners
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The following discussion concerns the emergence of and interrelations between theconcepts of expatriation, migration, and “othering” in present Buenos Aires. Thearguments rest on my fieldwork in Argentina, as well as other studies from around theworld. The research on expatriates is usually based in Asia or the UAE, and the region ofLatin America is still quite understudied in this respect. Buenos Aires as the “city offoreigners” represents an anthropologically interesting fieldsite. Next to the mostlyquantitative research on expatriates, anthropology can give us a better understanding oftheir practices and experiences. Furthermore, it challenges our ideas of these concepts weuse to describe different groups of people (e. g. expatriate, immigrant), and allows us tounderstand how they are socially constructed. Hence, my study offers a new view onexpatriation in a broader context of post-colonialism and current trends in globalization.The city's historical context must be considered as well in order to understand thecomplexities of terms such as foreigner or immigrant.

Keywords: expats, immigrants, the “other”, expat-scape, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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2014.
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expats, immigrants, the “other”, expat-scape, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115628OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-115628DiVA: diva2:798639
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Available from: 2015-03-27 Created: 2015-03-27 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved

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