The affective possibilities of London: Antipodean transnationals and the overseas experience

Conradson, David and Latham, Alan (2007) The affective possibilities of London: Antipodean transnationals and the overseas experience. Mobilities, 2, (2), 231-254. (doi:10.1080/17450100701381573).


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This paper contributes to research on the lived dimensions of transnational mobility through an engagement with recent work on affect. Drawing on interviews with New Zealand skilled migrants, we argue that the attractions and experience of relocation to London are significantly connected to the affective possibilities it offers. As a diverse and enlivening set of ecologies of place, London appears to facilitate a certain feeling of being in the heart of things, an embodied state that is both valued and closely linked to New Zealand's former status as a British colony. We argue that considering the affective possibilities of cities - and the diverse ways in which transnational migrants perceive and appropriate these possibilities - offers valuable insights into the dynamics of subjectivity in a mobile world.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/17450100701381573
Additional Information: This paper offers new perspectives for researching transnational mobility by engaging with emerging theorisations of affect. It examines how the experiential possibilities of world city destinations are perceived and valued, both within and beyond the monetary economy. First author analysed 80% of data and wrote 80% of the text.
ISSNs: 1745-0101 (print)
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Keywords: transnational mobility, affect, subjectivity, london, new zealand, cosmopolitan
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 47037
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2007Published
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:22

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