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ERIC Number: EJ1078284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-037X
"It's Who You Know Not What": Migrants' Encounters with Regimes of Skills as Misrecognition
Webb, Sue
Studies in Continuing Education, v37 n3 p267-285 2015
This article analyses qualitative narratives from skilled migrants using Bourdieu's concepts of misrecognition, symbolic and social capital to understand the uneven effects of migration transitions on employment outcomes among migrant groups. Transnational skilled migration is increasing to unprecedented levels, especially from non-OECD countries to OECD countries, where inward migration is a strategy to increase the skill level of workforces. Drawing on a qualitative case study of skilled migration to a regional non-metropolitan area of Australia, the article discusses the key finding that "It's who you know, not what you know" which enabled both skilled migrants and their partners to secure employment commensurate with their qualifications and previous employment histories. Building the 'right' social networks post-migration were the gateways to securing employment. A "regime of skills" was used by employers, employment agencies and educational providers who acted as gatekeepers to employment opening up opportunities for some or closing down that for others through processes of misrecognition of the migrants' experiences and skills and the prioritising of localised knowledge and native-like English accents. Through this process of misrecognition, the "doxa" of who should be employed and in what capacity was sustained.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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