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Negotiating locality

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/9780719082498.003.0003
Negotiating locality

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This chapter explores how the migrants' imaginings of community life and local belonging shape and influence their social relationships within their new surroundings. In particular, it examines the migrants' efforts to become part of the local community and demonstrates that success in this area of their lives is by no means predictable. Becoming part of the local community, being socially integrated, is predicated unequally upon diverse factors that include linguistic capability, common interests, possibilities for social interaction and the reception of the local community. Their relationships with local French actors served as measures of the migrants' success at developing a distinctly local subjectivity, an effort that was inherent to their claims to a distinctive way of life.

Keywords: migrants; community life; local belonging; linguistic capability; French; social interaction; community

Chapter.  10960 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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