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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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A (persistent) state of uncertainty

A (persistent) state of uncertainty

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(p.66) 3 A (persistent) state of uncertainty
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The British in Rural France
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Benson Michaela

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082498.003.0004

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

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