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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Chapter 3

Selling “Bodies” and Selling Jobs

I first ran into Uday at Advance Technology Institute, a small IT consultancy cum training institute cum software outfit—a typical Indian body shop in Australia—located above a Chinese-run electronics shop and next to an Indian grocery, in the western Sydney suburb of Ashfield. Dark, well built, and wearing a baseball cap, Uday told me that “I have experienced so many things in life,” which I soon recognized as his signature line when he became my key informant and I his loyal flatmate. Uday believed that he had good reasons to claim so, and transnational mobility had been the theme of his life in the last years. After getting his master’s degree in communication technologies in 1997, he applied for ...

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