Journal article

Rethinking network capital: hospitality work and parallel trading among Chinese students in Melbourne

Fran Martin

MOBILITIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Drawing on an ethnographic study of Chinese female tertiary students’ work practices in Melbourne, Australia, this article engages critically with John Urry’s concept of network capital. I show how these students’ work practices link them both into relatively fixed, localized, diasporic employment networks in Melbourne’s Chinese restaurant sector; and into relatively mobile, transnational, digitally mediated trading networks in the micro-entrepreneurial activity of daigou or parallel trading: buying local goods on behalf of customers in China. Based on this case study, I develop three main inter-related claims. First, I argue that geographic and social mooring in place, as well as mobility, ..

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