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Explaining migration

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/9780719082498.003.0002
Explaining migration

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This chapter provides the context for migration. On the one hand, it introduces the respondents in the Lot, highlighting their common origins as members of the British middle class and the various contexts that brought about their migration. On the other hand, it sets the scene for the remainder of the book, explaining migration, both as presented by the migrants and in the terms of the ethnographic analyst. It traces how the migrants recounted the decision to migrate, highlighting the potential for self-realization. It also critically assesses the explanations presented in the now seminal texts on British migration to rural France and builds upon them to draw attention to the cultural determinants that drive this form of migration.

Keywords: British middle class; Lot; ethnographic analyst; British migration; rural France; migration; migrants; self-realization

Chapter.  8976 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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