Navigating global regimes of mobility : the onward mobility of African international students in China
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University
Sociology Seminar Series 2021-2022
LYH310, 3/F, Lau Lee Yuen Haan Amenities Building, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Sociology and Social Policy
Employing a theoretical framework that draws on the concept of global regimes of mobility and Bourdieu’s theory of practice, this paper seeks to analyse how African student migrants in China navigate global structural inequalities in planning for their post-graduation lives, while strategising to overcome barriers to mobility and capital accumulation. It argues that China’s position within the contemporary global political economy is reflected in the ways these student migrants navigate intersecting global mobility regimes. Moving beyond the ‘stay/return’ binary common in student mobility research, the article delineates three post-study trajectories: returnees, deterred by structural barriers from staying in the host country; those who stay in China, overcoming these barriers by opening businesses, with plans to return home later; and those who plan to accumulate capital in China to meet the requirements of more stringent mobility regimes in the Global North.
Mulvey, B. (2021, October 25). Navigating global regimes of mobility: The onward mobility of African international students in China [Video podcast]. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/910/