As newcomers in an unfamiliar environment, Western transnational workers underwent a period akin to Victor Turner’s (1969) notion of ‘liminality’. Anthropologists such as Turner have used this concept to focus on a certain state experienced by people as they pass over a threshold from one stage of life to another. During the liminal stage, or the ‘between’ stage, a person’s status becomes ambiguous; they are neither ‘here nor there’ but are between all fixed points of classification. Thus the form and rules of both the person’s earlier state and the person’s state to come are suspended.
KeywordsHost Society Back Home Cultural Space Global Mobility Family Pressure
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