Driving (im)mobility: Spatial movement and living arrangement of Chinese immigrants in Bologna, Italy
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AbstractThe recent migration flow from China to Italy can be dated from the early 1980s. Since then, a succession of unskilled workers, mostly from rural area of the southeastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, arrived irregularly in the country and started their urban life. The family entrepreneurship of this particular group of Chinese immigrants, as well as their economic participation in the host society, has been widely given attention to, but their process of settlement, which is strictly connected to the strategies on physical mobility and spatial use, was not given enough consideration.
Based on ethnographic studies of Chinese small entrepreneurs in Bologna, a northern city of Italy, this paper seeks to explore how Chinese migrants overcome the mobility barriers in everyday life and strive for their entrepreneurial success; and also to discover their strategic social practices of (im)mobility against the lack of cultural competence and the inefficiency of urban transportation system for achieving their urban modernity. With the particular focus on the mode of “job with accommodation available” in the Chinese-owned business and the tactical acquirement of driving license, both as the strategies of space (im)mobility to compensate for the cultural incompetency, this paper will illustrate the indispensable role of space (im)mobility in the everyday interaction between a marginalized immigrant group and a host society with complete different social and cultural circumstances. It will also enable the further understanding of the interplay of immigration and urban space on the basis of everyday life.
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Name of ConferenceTHE 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF GEOGRAPHERS
Start Date of Conference29/03/2016
End Date of Conference02/04/2016
Place of ConferenceSAN FRANCISCO
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Year2016
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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