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Deconstructing Belonging in Lifestyle Migration: Tracking the Emotional Negotiations of the British in Rural France

Benson, Michaela. 2016. Deconstructing Belonging in Lifestyle Migration: Tracking the Emotional Negotiations of the British in Rural France. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(5), pp. 481-494. ISSN 1367-5494 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This article examines the emotional negotiations that mark the lived experience of Britons residing in rural France—a paradigmatic case of lifestyle migration—to develop a nuanced understanding of how the lifestyle migrant subject is (re)constructed through migration and settlement. In contrast to presentations of these migrations—both by scholars and migrants themselves—as a freely-chosen self-realization project, the lens on emotion and affect brings into sharp relief the ambivalence experienced by many of these migrants despite their apparent privilege. It highlights the vaue of moving beyond narratives of migration into lived experience; it stresses the importance of recognising that even for the middle classes belonging is a project-in-progress rather than fait accompli; it promotes the idea of lifestyle migrants as translocal subjects, belonging further complicated by ongoing attachments to people and places elsewhere. Through these foci, the article brings together research on lifestyle migration with that on the middle classes and belonging.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549416631554

Keywords:

Lifestyle migration, emotion, migrant subjectivities, privileged migration, belonging

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
27 February 2016Published Online

Item ID:

14156

Date Deposited:

14 Oct 2015 15:41

Last Modified:

05 Mar 2019 07:42

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/14156

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