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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Projects 2016 2017

Outsourced Services
Emigration and Immigration
Appointments and Schedules

Research Output 2005 2017

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

Dairen no nihon muke autosōshingu to nihonjin genchisaiyōsha = Dalian's Japan-bound outsourcing and locally hired Japanese workers

Kawashima, K. 2015 Gurōbaru jinzai o meguru saisaku to genjitsu = Global human resource: policies and reality. Igarashi, Y. & Akashi, J. (eds.). Tokyo: Akashishoten, p. 136-152 17 p. (Migration and diaspora studies)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Uneven cosmopolitanism: Japanese working holiday makers and the 'lost decade'

Kawashima, K. 2014 Internationalising Japan: discourse and practice. Breaden, J., Steele, S. & Stevens, C. S. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 106-124 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter