Diverse Lives: Weaving Personal Stories

  • Michaela Benson
  • Karen O’Reilly
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter introduces some of those who took part in the research in Malaysia and Panama, providing a sense of their diverse backgrounds, the different routes that led them to this migration, and an initial sense of their lives there. The stories we present reveal how imaginings of a better way of life underpin decisions to migrate, but also how acting on the basis of these imaginings is variously supported by experience, expectations, assumptions, and resources. While we highlight the extent to which such populations may be considered as relatively privileged, we also stress that this does not presume absolute wealth and privilege; these populations are socially stratified.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Benson
    • 1
  • Karen O’Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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