Brexit and the classed politics of bordering: the British in France and European belongings

Benson, Michaela. 2020. Brexit and the classed politics of bordering: the British in France and European belongings. Sociology, 54(3), pp. 501-517. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper considers what Brexit means for British citizens living in France. Drawing on empirical research I examine the emotional and material impacts that uncertainties about their futures have had on their lives. The paper documents the measures they take (or anticipate) in their bids to secure their future rights to stay put in France. However, not everyone is well-placed to secure their own future. Foregrounding Brexit as bordering—the social and political process through which judgements are made about who is ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ of the privilege of (European) belonging—I question who among these Britons is newly bordered through Brexit and with what impacts? As I argue, Brexit is unevenly experienced, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and generating new fault lines of belonging among the British in France as they are repositioned in relation to hierarchies of European belonging.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038519885300

Additional Information:

This research reported in this paper was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council through the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative [Grant Number ES/R000875/1].

Keywords:

Brexit, British in France, bordering, hierarchies of belonging, European Citizenship, intra-EU migration

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
7 October 2019Accepted
6 December 2019Published Online
1 June 2020Published

Item ID:

27094

Date Deposited:

10 Oct 2019 08:43

Last Modified:

09 Dec 2020 19:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

https://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27094

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