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Europeans in Japan: Migration and Whiteness
- Miloš Debnár (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Social Sciences)
This book analyzes the increase in contemporary European migration to Japan, its causes and the lives of Europeans in Japan. The main goal is to deconstruct the picture of highly skilled, privileged, cosmopolitan elites that has been frequently associated with white or Western migrants. The book focuses on the case of Europeans rather than Westerners migrating to a highly developed, non-Western country as Japan, and offers new insights on increasing diversity in migration and its outcomes for integration of migrants. What are the motivations for choosing Japan, how do white migrants enjoy the ‘privilege’ based on their race, what are its limits, and to what extent are the social worlds of such migrants characterized by cosmopolitanism rather than ethnicity?
In the book talk, author will outline the main arguments of the book with the focus on the stereotypes regarding Europeans and the way they are being challenged by these contemporary migration trends. This should lead us to further discussion of Japanese society amidst the advancing globalization and exploration of new possibilities for migration policies in Japan.
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Social Sciences
Miloš Debnár is an Assistant Professor of sociology at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. He earned his M.A. in Japanese language studies from Comenius University and M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Kyoto University. His research is focused on international migration and especially on its ‘unorthodox’ forms such as ‘white migrations’, international students or marriage related migration to and from Japan. He has also done research on global cities, and more recently is participating in Japan’s Social Stratification and Mobility survey. His latest book is Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism: Europeans in Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137565266).
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