Intergenerational strategies : the successes and failures of a northern thai family’s approach to labour migration

Authors: Turner, Sarah; Michaud, Jean
Abstract: International work migration from rural Thailand is not new, yet relatively little is known about the decision-making processes regarding this livelihood strategy at the family level and across generations. Drawing on concepts of transnationalism and livelihood pathways and trajectories, this case-study traces the agency that underpins labour moves over two generations of a rural family in Chiang Rai province. The focus is on individual trajectories that exemplify how the first generation of migrant labour entered the market and the degree to which the second generation is replicating or modifying the migration patterns of their elders. We also show, from an emic perspective, who is deemed to be the most and least successful in their livelihood approach. To do so, we draw on data gathered from life stories, conversational interviews, and village visits, focusing on 45 individuals and spanning a 30 year timespan of international work migration. Moves to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia and a failed endeavour to reach New Zealand are analysed, in an attempt to contribute to debates on transnationalism while highlighting individual and generational differences in migration stories, the specific roles of brokers and informal social networks, and diverse spatial practices.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 8 November 2018
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
This document was published in: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 1-19 (2018)
Taylor & Francis Online
Alternative version: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1544487
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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