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Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism

Europeans in Japan

Authors: Debnar, Milos

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  • Examines contemporary European migration to non Western countries such as Japan.
    Debates the notions of high-skilled migration, white privilege and cosmopolitanism.
    Address the issue of European migration to Japan against a backdrop of social interaction, cultural practices and integration.

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About this book

This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration to Japan, its causes and the lives of Europeans in Japan. Desconstructing the picture of highly skilled, privileged, cosmopolitan elites that has been frequently associated with white or Western migrants, it focuses on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to a highly developed, non-Western country as Japan, this book offers new insights on increasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for integration of migrants. The book is based on interviews with 57 subjects from various parts of Europe occupying various positions within Japanese society. What are the motivations for choosing Japan, how do white migrants enjoy the ‘privilege’ based on their race, what are its limits, and to what extent are the social worlds of such migrants characterized by cosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity? These are the main questions this book attempts to answer.

About the authors

Miloš Debnár is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Doshisha University, in Kyoto, Japan. He lectures on sociology and migration-related issues. Besides his interest in migration and whiteness, he has also published articles on global cities and on the contemporary family. 

Reviews

“Debnár presents to us a fine and well-thought-out qualitative study on European immigrants in contemporary Japan, and successfully questions many superfluous images of white migration to Japan and other countries outside the West. … Debnár’s book is surely the best-available study on current Western migration to Japan. It raises many important issues in migration research about Japan and beyond.” (David Chiavacci, Asian Studies Review, Vol. 15 (1), 2018)

“Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism: Europeans in Japan offers a fascinating insight into the migration experiences of a heterogenous group of Europeans in contemporary Japan. … Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism: Europeans in Japan is an outstanding contribution to the diversifying picture of migration in Japan and the dynamics and possibilities of white migration in general.” (Helena Hof, Social Science Japan Journal, Vol. 20 (2), August, 2017)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 67,40 €
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Softcover 67,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism
Book Subtitle
Europeans in Japan
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56149-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56149-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56526-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-72004-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 235
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
Topics