SIRC professor offers fresh view on the seafarer as migrant

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International seafarersA new book , written by Helen Sampson, Director of Seafarers’ International Research Centre (SIRC) at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, is now available and offers a fascinating insight into the modern seafarer’s role as a migrant worker. 

Based upon original qualitative research in three different settings, International Seafarers and Transnationalism in the Twenty-First Century draws upon voyages undertaken by the author on five different working cargo ships.

It describes the situation of seafarers from Cape Verde and Ghana searching for work in northern Germany and considers the perspectives of women married to Indian seafarers resident in Goa and Mumbai.

The book provides an ‘outsider’s’ perspective of some dimensions of life at sea. As such the intention of the work is not to attempt something which former seafarers could do better themselves i.e. portray a particular job at sea or a particular biography.

Rather it is concerned to discuss the life experiences of seafarers as migrant workers. It argues for a consideration of the social space available to seafarers as a category of migrant worker and suggests that the transnational experiences of migrants may be more likely to involve exclusion and alienation than an expansion of social space as a result of bi-location in more than one community.

The book is available directly from the publishers, Manchester University Press, from websites such as Amazon, and both online and from bookstores such as Waterstones, Blackwells and Foyles.

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