Nimi: Mobile Childhood. Children of Western Lifestyle Migrants in Goa, India
Rahoittaja: Suomen Akatemia
Vastuuhenkilö: Mari Korpela
Project title: Mobile Childhood. Children of Western Lifestyle Migrants in Goa, India
Project director: Postdoctoral research fellow Mari Korpela
Sponsor: Academy of Finland
Duration of the project: 2011-2013
This anthropological research investigates the lives of Western children whose parent(s) have decided to repeatedly spend part of the year in Goa, India. Globalisation means new opportunities for many people and an increasing number of people are taking advantage of the fact that they can move abroad to seek a better quality of life - often conceptualized in terms of a more relaxed life. This research investigates how Western children in Goa experience such a lifestyle. The research asks in what kind of social and cultural environment the Western children (aged 0-10 years) grow in Goa, how they experience it and how they contribute to creating it. The research also examines how the children define their identities and how they experience the mobile lifestyle their parent(s) have chosen. The study is ethnographic; the research methods are participant observation and interviews.