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

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Ryan, L. and Mulholland, J. 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038512475109
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TitleWives are the route to social life: an analysis of family life and networking amongst highly skilled migrants in London
AuthorsRyan, L. and Mulholland, J.
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.

PublisherSage
JournalSociology
ISSN0038-0385
Publication dates
Online06 Jun 2013
Print04 Apr 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited13 May 2015
SubmittedJul 2012
Accepted01 Dec 2012
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038512475109
LanguageEnglish
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