Amit - Chapter 03
It is a cage, cocoon and cradle.
—Former diplomat's spouse on her life abroad with the British Diplomatic Service
Global flows and boundaries
The introductory quote brings to mind the experiences of a group often
overlooked in migration discourses: those of privileged mobile professionals
such as diplomats or corporate expatriates. It evokes the peculiar
spaces that they create and inhabit during their time abroad, which are
expressed in metaphors like the "cocoon" or "bubble." In this chapter,
I want to explore these spaces and the associated senses of boundedness
that often pervade their lives, and consider its implications for notions of
transnational spaces more generally.