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By Michaela Caroline Benson

The British in Rural France is a learn of ways way of life offerings intersect with migration, and the way this courting frames and shapes post-migration lives. It offers a conceptual framework for figuring out post-migration lives that comes with culturally-specific imaginings, lived stories, person lifestyles histories, and private conditions. via an ethnographic lens incorporating in-depth interviews, player commentary, lifestyles and migration histories, this monograph unearths the advanced method during which migrants negotiate and make significant their lives following migration.
By selling their very own ideologies and way of life offerings relative to these of others, British migrants in rural France make stronger their place as participants of the British middle-class, but additionally take authorship in their lives in a fashion impossible ahead of migration. this is often glaring within the pursuit of a higher lifestyle that at the beginning inspired migration and keeps to characterise post-migration lives. because the booklet argues, this ongoing quest is either reflective of wider ideologies approximately dwelling, really the will for real residing, and refined methods of social contrast. In those respects The British in Rural France presents a distinct empirical instance of the connection among the pursuit of authenticity and middle-class identity practices. 
The ebook should be of curiosity to way of life migration and migration experts, sociologists, social anthropologists, human geographers, students of tourism, in addition to being obtainable to people with a broader curiosity during this social phenomenon.

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Chapter 1 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. In particular, the chapter focuses on the British middle-class idealization of the French countryside, using this as an example to argue that this form of lifestyle migration needs to be interpreted through a framework that is sensitive to structural and material prerogatives; economic, social and political contexts; culturally significant imaginings; as well as more individualized circumstances prompting migration.

Undoubtedly, we need to maintain a sense of distance between our respondents and ourselves if we are to conduct effective analysis, but this is a social and intellectual distance (Hammersley and Atkinson 1995). Paradoxically, it is precisely this distance that ethnographers reflexively try to dissolve as they gradually enter the ‘culturally intimate’ (Herzfeld 1997) worlds of their respondents. ). Fundamentally, the assumption underlying the privileging of fieldwork abroad is that there is little to learn about our own societies.

Individual hunters, in Bauman’s terms, thus venture into uncharted territory, hoping that they will find the ultimate in happiness, only to be followed by more hunters pursuing the same dream. In this manner, what individuals seek undergoes continual transformation and is constantly redefined as they respond to and resist external conditions, obstacles to their ‘chosen vision of the “good life” ’ (Bauman 2008: 53).

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