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Global "Body Shopping" by Biao Xiang

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Prologue: A Stranger’s Adventure

This book is a result of a research adventure by a Chinese-educated graduate student whose investigations focused on information-technology (IT) professionals migrating from India to Sydney, Australia, via a labor arrangement known (infamously) as body shopping. When I left China for the first time, in 1998, to pursue my doctorate at Oxford, I had no knowledge or even curiosity about IT, India, or migration to Australia. All I knew was that I had to work on a specifically non-Chinese case study. I made this decision because I did not want to be slotted into what clearly seems to be a division of labor in knowledge production in the international social sciences. While scholars from the West roam the world, researching ...

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