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Mediating the GlobalExpatria's Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu$
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Heather Hindman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786515

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786515.001.0001

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Families That Fail

Families That Fail

The Mechanisms and Labor of Productivity

(p.49) 2 Families That Fail
Mediating the Global

Heather Hindman

Stanford University Press

Sending workers overseas is an expensive proposition and a great deal of research is invested in minimizing costs and maximizing returns of expatriate employees. This chapter explores the widely held claim that the families of workers - mostly wives/women - cause expatriates to fail. To discuss this claim, the text explores the predominance of this assumption, not only in scholarship but in the minds of overseas workers. It describes the work of families to ensure that their actions reflect positively on the wage-laboring member. In Nepal, this often entails a great deal of boundary making to produce a neutral, homey environment amidst the unfamiliar and difficult conditions in-country. The problems encountered by expatriates in Nepal are contextualized in relation to the unpaid labor of family members that is often demanded by employers and to the rise of human resources as an independent technical field.

Keywords:   Expatriate Failure, Trailing Spouse, Human Resources, Expatriate Costs, Unpaid Market Labor

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