Abstract

Recent critiques of globalization call for diligent folkloristic attention. This study considers the experience of immigration and transnationalism as it is expressed in personal experience narratives of expatriates living in Wanganui, New Zealand. In addition to narrative interpretation, it applies performance analysis to verbal soliloquies, entangled discourses, and kinetic moments. Acknowledging the corporeal and sensate properties of the interview helps to "humanize" and ground abstract theories of globalization. The unpredictability of human interactions can also turn interviews into sites of "deep" contradiction replicating on an intimate scale some of the behavioral and social incongruities inscribed within transnational spaces all over the world.

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