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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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Life in a postcard

Life in a postcard

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The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

This chapter concludes the discussion of imagination laid out in Part 1, examining further the interface between imagination and experience and presenting an explanation for the way in which the migrants understand their post-migration lives. This lays the foundations for the migrants' identity-making practices. Through an examination of the varying ways in which the respondents relate to the landscape, the chapter reflects on the process of getting to know the landscape through experience, stressing that while imagination plays a central role in their expectations for post-migration lives and shapes their experiences, it can also be challenged and subtly transformed through experience. Against this background, the chapter argues that Bourdieu's concept of practice is useful for understanding the migrants' everyday lives in the Lot, allowing a role for their embodied experiences and individual biographies as well as the cultural logic that lay at the root of migration.

Keywords:   post-migration lives, identity-making practices, migrants, imagination, experience, Bourdieu, Lot

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