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Being Polish in England

Anne White

in Polish families and migration since EU accession

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847428202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428202.003.0009
Being Polish in England

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This chapter explores aspects of integration linked to constructing Polish identities abroad. It discusses why interviewees led ‘Polish’ lives, looking at the different choices they made and the different opportunities they possessed. It also explores the outcomes, the extent to which interviewees felt more, or less, at home in the UK, as the result of their engagement in transnational activities. It looks in turn at home and community and discusses the physical homes occupied by the Polish families in England and how much the interviewees felt at home in them. It continues by exploring selected transnational activities and discusses buying and cooking food as an aspect of maintaining Polish cultural identity.

Keywords: integration; Polish identities; home; UK; transnational activities; community; physical homes; food

Chapter.  12332 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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