This story is about American families who are motivated to
go to work with American business firms in Switzerland that have higher
salaries and better working conditions than in the United States.
These families are able to send their children to private
schools and to live in sumptuous villas. At the Collège de Léman, a high school
that their teenagers attend, the students become romantically involved with one
another and engage in love affairs. Some are lasting, while others are not. In
one instance, a young girl tries to end her life when her boyfriend breaks up
with her and starts a relationship with her best friend.
After graduating from the Collège the students become
alienated by living abroad. Instead of returning to the United States to
continue their studies in American Universities, they prefer to go to England,
Italy, France and the Middle East.
One student in particular chooses to go to Athens, Greece
where he enrolls at Pierce University to continue his studies. Greece is the
capital of drugs coming from Afghanistan and Iraq. He immediately succumbs to
taking opium and other potent drugs. Was this the reason he chose to go to
Athens? In the meantime, he writes his girlfriend who he jilted to come and
join him in Athens. As much as she still loves him she is undecided on what to
The theoretical imagination Ethnic diversity and the politics of difference Memory and nostalgia The city as narrative
The book considers the interplay of past and present, imagined and substantive, and links present and future in examining the idea of the virtual city. Here, the world of cyberspace not only recasts views of space and communication, but has a profound impact on the sociological imagination itself.