'I didn't realize how attached I am': On the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants

Moores, Shaun and Metykova, Monika. 2010. 'I didn't realize how attached I am': On the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13(2), pp. 171-189. ISSN 1367-5494 [Article]

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This article presents findings from a qualitative research project on the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants, drawing on conversational interviews with young people who have moved to Britain over recent years from the new European Union Member States in Eastern Europe. It explores these migrants' practical and emotional relationships with physical (and media) environments, also drawing on the literature of phenomenological geography, in which there is a helpful concern with environmental experiences and associated senses of place. Such experiences and perceptions are not usually objects of reflection in day-to-day social circumstances, precisely because of their routine, familiar and taken-for-granted character. However, transnational migration can bring a profound disturbance of lifeworlds, throwing senses of place into sharp relief. Therefore, a major theme of this article is the close connection between matters of migration and those of place-making in daily living.

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emotion, environment, experience, familiarity, geography, lifeworld, migration, phenomenology, place, practice

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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15 Jul 2010 14:22

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27 Mar 2013 09:53

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