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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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Living in Expatria

Living in Expatria

Institutions and the Mobile Community

(p.173) 6 Living in Expatria
Mediating the Global

Heather Hindman

Stanford University Press

Expatriates can be seen as an extremely mobile population that nonetheless maintains a consistency across moves that reinforces stability amidst displacement. This chapter looks at the institutions and infrastructure that have traditionally made expatriates able to move every three to five years while maintaining a stable everyday life. In Kathmandu and elsewhere, these institutions have been centered around women's organizations as well as international schools, churches and activity groups. Even as it is argued that technologies like the Internet will make such locally grounded social institutions less valued, expatriates in Nepal continue to rely on social links formed on the ground in Kathmandu, albeit with connections to other nodes of Expatria. The changing nature of the population of transnational elite workers is transforming the kind of organizations, if not their importance, as women's teas are replaced by running groups and sports viewing parties.

Keywords:   Mobility, Expatriate social groups, Electronic mediation, Advice to women, Avocations, Gender, Everyday life

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