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The British in Rural FranceLifestyle Migration and the Ongoing Quest for a Better Way of Life$
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Michaela Caroline Benson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082498

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082498.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

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

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