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Title: MOBILISING EVERYDAY GEOGRAPHIES OF FRIENDSHIPS: BUS DRIVER MIGRANTS AND THEIR MOBILE WORKPLACES IN SINGAPORE
Authors: NG SU YIN ANDREA
Keywords: geographies of friendship, transnational mobilities, mundane mobilities, mobile workplace, everyday, spatialities, practices,
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: NG SU YIN ANDREA (2018). MOBILISING EVERYDAY GEOGRAPHIES OF FRIENDSHIPS: BUS DRIVER MIGRANTS AND THEIR MOBILE WORKPLACES IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Threaded to a wider phenomenon of mobilities for the purposes of paid work, Singapore’s bus transport industry has been sustained by a substantial influx of Malaysian and Chinese temporary migrants to date. Such patterns of increasing human mobility in the context of globalisation point towards the potential for their intimate social relations to be reconfigured. However, scholarship on friendship, in particular, has remained relatively sedentarist thus far, and little has been said about these mobile workers’ social lives. This thesis thus seeks to investigate the formation and maintenance of bus driver migrants’ friendships in such a context of mobile social life. It hopes to uncover who driver migrants make friends with in Singapore and questions if they sustain existing friendships through these cross-border journeys. Specifically, the thesis foregrounds the dual intersection of transnational, and mundane mobilities, as an important entry point to where and how their friendships develop. Adopting an everyday approach, the thesis contends that it is in the unremarkable spaces and places of driver migrants’ dual mobilities that support and companionship in foreign Singapore is mobilised. Pivoting its focus on these unfixities, the thesis aims to make wider contributions to the growing interest in the geographies of friendship. The thesis first argues that both transnational and mundane mobilities create a space that impels driver migrants’ needs for friendship in Singapore. Second, it proposes that new spatialities of friendships are also mobilised through practised, sustained connections with and through other mobile ‘things’ – mobile subjects, and objects. Lastly, the thesis suggests that interrogating the (inter)spatialities of these friendships can evince the multiple spaces and scales imbricated in the mobility-friendship nexus.
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