Chapter

Introduction

Benson Michaela

in The British in Rural France

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/9780719082498.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter notes that, as many actors in the contemporary world, the migrants remain in a constant state of movement and change; they perform a variety of identities on a daily basis, their tastes change and adapt, and they build new relationships while maintaining old ones. The ethnography presented in this book demonstrates the complexity of the lives they lead following migration. While they had understood their move to France as heralding a new way of life, the examination of post-migration lives presented here demonstrates that, instead, the migrants had taken just one small step in realizing their imaginings. The British migrants of today are the latest in a long line of Britons who have fallen for the charms of rural France.

Keywords: British migrants; ethnography; migration; France; people; post-migration lives

Chapter.  11016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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