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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century
Thursday 20 November 2014, 09:30am
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

International seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century

Thursday 20 November at 10.00 am (tea & coffee served from 9.30 am)

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present the second seminar in the 2014-15 series of ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Professor Helen Sampson, author of ‘International seafarers and transnationalism in the twenty-first century’, and Dr Olivia Swift, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

This ethnographic account of seafarers discusses the detailed life experiences of migrant workers in the context of transnationalism in the twenty-first century. It argues for a consideration of the social space available to transnational migrant workers and suggests that the experiences of migrants may be more likely to involve exclusion and alienation than an expansion of social space as a result of bi-location.

Based upon original qualitative research in three different settings, the book draws upon voyages undertaken by the author on five different working cargo ships. It describes the situation of seafarers from Cape Verde and Ghana searching for work in northern Germany and considers the perspectives of women married to Indian seafarers resident in Goa and Mumbai.

The book was awarded the BSA/BBC Thinking Allowed prize for ethnography in April 2014 and has been nominated for the Mountbatten Maritime Award.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe ( TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

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