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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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The Protean Expatriate

The Protean Expatriate

Flexibility and the Modern Worker

(p.121) 4 The Protean Expatriate
Mediating the Global

Heather Hindman

Stanford University Press

While many in the West grew up with an idea of job stability as an achievable ideal for the middle class, worldwide precarious labor is becoming the norm among both elite and subaltern workers. This chapter traces how employers seek to create alternatives to the “company man” model of work through calls for flexible labor, lauding how this offers workers greater independence and creativity. When such “protean career” approaches are deployed abroad, new sets of concerns arise. In the past several decades, career expatriates have been replaced by subcontracted laborers, often bolstered by ideas of global connectivity and the presumption of new global citizens able to live anywhere. Ironically, the results of this shift in Nepal have been a decline in female professionals in the workplace and a turn to single, white male labors that was an unintended outcome of the flexibilization of expatriate labor in Kathmandu.

Keywords:   Flexible labor, Precariate, Protean Career, Organization Man, International Citizen, Outsourcing, Consulting, Gender

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