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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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At home in the Lot

At home in the Lot

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The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores how the migrants understood their homes and what the migrants' home-making practices revealed about their identities and their lifestyle ambitions. It moves on from the wider discussion of property selection that has characterized previous research on the British in rural France, to reveal the role of individual biographies, histories and desires in shaping the home. In particular, it opens the door on three different households, putting the material culture of these homes on public display. The various examples presented in the chapter demonstrate that while the home could be the site of new identities and ways of living, it could also be used as continuation of their lives before migration, allowing the migrants to retreat into the comfort and familiarity of their home in what remain unfamiliar social and physical environments.

Keywords:   home-making practices, British, migrants, rural France, material culture, migration, social environment, lifestyle

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