Home Truths: Workers and Families on the Move in the Oil Community

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I’m an old-fashioned expat (one country of origin, one of destination, more or less), someone who’s had the chance to grow roots where I ended up settling down, and to reflect on the blurred notions of ‘home’ or ‘belonging’ from a comfortably stable standpoint. But after a year in Oslo I became interested in lives shaped by high mobility, and started to work on this project. I was aware of Geneviève Guétemme’s work on the topic in Cambridge, and aware also that Aberdeen is a case in point, with its oil-related expat community of Americans, French, Brazilians, Nigerians and Portuguese (among others). Typically, policy demands that they change posts every few years, so this is an ephemeral, high-turnover community of people who know from the moment they start planning their stay that they will be uprooted again within the next five years. The friends they make within their community, and…

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Home Truths: Workers and Families on the Move in the Oil Community

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