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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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Conclusion: distinction, ambivalence, authenticity

Conclusion: distinction, ambivalence, authenticity

(p.153) Conclusion: distinction, ambivalence, authenticity
The British in Rural France

Benson Michaela

Manchester University Press

This chapter draws together the various themes discussed in the book, exploring the intersections between distinction, ambivalence and authenticity. On the one hand, the analysis argues that particular ideologies for living in the Lot underwrite migration and the search for a better way of life. On the other hand, it becomes clear that lifestyle migration has at its core a focus on processes of self-realization. In this respect, it becomes clear that a persistent tension in the migrants' lives originates in the opposing roles played by individual agency and the structural determinants in shaping their migration and experiences of life in the Lot. The conclusion analyses the persistence of the quest for a better way of life. The migrants' ideologies for living are regularly put to the test and authenticated as they engaged in processes of social distinction.

Keywords:   social distinction, ambivalence, lifestyle migration, authenticity, Lot, self-realization

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