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A (persistent) state of uncertainty

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/9780719082498.003.0004
A (persistent) state of uncertainty

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Building on the theme of imagination, this chapter further explores tensions between how the migrants had imagined their post-migration lives and their lived experiences. It questions the applicability of the concept of liminality, arguing instead that ambivalence is a more useful analytical concept for understanding the lives of the respondents. Through the examination of various sources of ambivalence in the migrants' lives — their status as intra-European migrants and their social relationships — the chapter demonstrates that migration is just one of a number of creative ways in which these people strived to resolve their feelings of ambivalence and take greater control over their lives.

Keywords: post-migration lives; migrants; migration; ambivalence; imagination; social relationships

Chapter.  8689 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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