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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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Kathmandu's Twenty-First-Century Expatria

Kathmandu's Twenty-First-Century Expatria

(p.207) Conclusion Kathmandu's Twenty-First-Century Expatria
Mediating the Global

Heather Hindman

Stanford University Press

Through mediation by colonial officials, governments and the discipline of international human resources management, technical professionals have tried to rewrite the nature of overseas elite labor. In Nepal, these interventions into how transnational elites engage with the country have frequently had unexpected effects. This concluding chapter brings the story of Expatria in Kathmandu into the present, exploring how political conflicts, changing dynamics of gender and labor and new modes of precarious employment have created a different community of foreigners in Kathmandu, one that was not desired or predicted by technical labor managers. The mediating role of elite workers in Kathmandu, who are by some measurements very powerful and by others marginalized, comes to the fore as expatriates feel the impact of the neoliberal policies that it has been their job to implement overseas.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, Precariate, Mediation, Employment policy, Voluntourism, Consultants

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