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The British in Rural France

Michaela Caroline Benson

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082498
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701843 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082498.001.0001
The British in Rural France

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This is a study of how lifestyle choices intersect with migration, and how this relationship frames and shapes post-migration lives. It presents a conceptual framework for understanding post-migration lives that incorporates culturally specific imaginings, lived experiences, individual life histories, and personal circumstances. Through an ethnographic lens incorporating in-depth interviews, participant observation, life and migration histories, this monograph reveals the complex process by which migrants negotiate and make meaningful their lives following migration. By promoting their own ideologies and lifestyle choices relative to those of others, British migrants in rural France reinforce their position as members of the British middle class, but also take authorship of their lives in a way not possible before migration. This is evident in the pursuit of a better life that initially motivated migration and continues to characterise post-migration lives. As the book argues, this ongoing quest is both reflective of wider ideologies about living, particularly the desire for authentic living, and subtle processes of social distinction. In these respects, the book provides an empirical example of the relationship between the pursuit of authenticity and middle-class identification practices.

Keywords: lifestyle choices; migration; post-migration lives; life histories; personal circumstances; British migrants; rural France; British middle class; authentic living; social distinction

Book.  240 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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Introduction in The British in Rural France

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Explaining migration in The British in Rural France

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Negotiating locality in The British in Rural France

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Life in a postcard in The British in Rural France

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At home in the Lot in The British in Rural France

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En route to authentic living in The British in Rural France

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