Kumiko Kawashima


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In her research to date, Kumiko has investigated the nexus between individual lives, labour and consumption in post-industrial contexts, as well as social transformation through the lens of transnational migration.

Trained in qualitative methods, she particularly values ethnography as a way to observe everyday practices and approach questions that have long fascinated sociologists and anthropologists alike, such as the relationships among identity formation, capitalism and modernity, and how these interact with issues of gender, class, ethnicity and culture.

Before joining Macquarie University, Kumiko completed her PhD at the Australian National University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

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Research Output 2005 2019

Japanese labour migration to China and IT service outsourcing: the case of Dalian

Kawashima, K. 2019 Destination China: immigration to China in the Post-Reform Era. Lehmann, A. & Leonard, P. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave MacMillian, p. 123-145 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

labor migration
service job

Introduction for a special section on mobilities and exceptional spaces in Asia

Kawashima, K. & Yeoh, B. S. A. 2 Jan 2017 In : Asian Anthropology. 16, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

free trade area
industrial development
free trade
economic reform

Service outsourcing and labour mobility in a digital age: transnational linkages between Japan and Dalian, China

Kawashima, K. 17 Jan 2017 In : Global Networks. 17, 4, p. 483-499 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

service job

Regulatory approaches to managing skilled migration: Indonesian nurses in Japan

Ford, M. & Kawashima, K. 2016 In : Economic and Labour Relations Review. 27, 2, p. 231-247 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Migrant labor
Skilled migration