ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Outsourcing Love

Studying the lives of Nepali women who care for the elderly in Cyprus leads a researcher to reflect on her own life as a migrant.

During my current ethnographic research on transnational migration from Nepal, I encountered situations that led me to cast an eye on my own family circumstances. This reflection, in turn, suggested that examples from one’s life and experience can, at times, complement fieldwork.

As part of research that I began in 2015, I am following the journeys of women who leave Nepal to become domestic workers and carers in the European fringe: Cyprus. I am documenting their stories, hoping to humanise the numbers about migration and trafficking that appear in the media and in academic discussions. As anthropologist Parvathi Raman has argued, statistics at times render the populations in question as a uniform group. To counter this homogenisation, I have tried to highlight how migratory flows consist of many individual and diverse narratives.

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Updated On : 13th Sep, 2017

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