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Migrants of the British Diaspora Since the 1960sStories From Modern Nomads$
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A. James Hammerton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116574

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116574.001.0001

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Changing faces of modern migration

Changing faces of modern migration

(p.207) 8 Changing faces of modern migration
Migrants of the British Diaspora Since the 1960s

A. James Hammerton

Manchester University Press

This chapter uses some striking migrant stories from ‘new faces’ of modern migration to scrutinise the underlying theme of change and continuity in modern migration history. The stories range across return migration, the heightened place of Europe in British migration practice, women’s turn to life-writing to make sense of their mobile experiences, the phenomenon and role of British goods shops in migrant destinations, and a British-Indian professional woman’s ambivalent responses to her further migration history. They illustrate the impact of migrant experience on shifting patterns of identity, global, national and local, on the diminishing hold of ‘associational’ culture among the British, on the changing profiles of migrant women who navigated their strategic management of career, marriage and family, and on the interplay of race and gender in migrant lives. All these themes illustrate deep changes which characterised the migrant experience of the modern British diaspora, but alongside enduring continuities.

Keywords:   change, continuity, return migration, Europe, Identity, associational culture, race, gender

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