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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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The unexceptional lives of others

The unexceptional lives of others

(p.119) 6 The unexceptional lives of others
The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the mechanisms by which the migrants distinguished themselves from others — their compatriots in Spain and the Dordogne and tourists — through these processes laying claim to particular identities and ways of living. Through the recourse to stereotypes, the migrants revealed more about themselves than these others, drawing boundaries of inclusion and exclusion around an imagined community of others like them — the British of the Lot — who held in common the desire for a way of life that was uniquely available in the Lot. Furthermore, their discussions of these others focused attention on their unique understandings of a better way of life, highlighting once more the process of self-realization that lay at the core of their pursuit of this goal.

Keywords:   Spain, British, Dordogne, Lot, self-realization, migrants, community

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