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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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Negotiating locality

Negotiating locality

(p.45) 2 Negotiating locality
The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

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

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