Toward a critical sociology of lifestyle migration: reconceptualizing migration and the search for a better way of life

Benson, Michaela, and Osbaldiston, Nick (2016) Toward a critical sociology of lifestyle migration: reconceptualizing migration and the search for a better way of life. The Sociological Review, 64 (3). pp. 407-423.

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Abstract

This article places under critical and reflexive examination the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of lifestyle migration. Developed to explain the migration of the relatively affluent in search of a better way of life, this concept draws attention to the role of lifestyle within migration, alongside understandings of migration as one stage within the ongoing lifestyle choices and trajectories of individual migrants. Through a focus on two paradigms that are currently at work within theorisations of this social phenomenon—individualisation and mobilities—we evaluate their contribution to this flourishing field of research. In this way, we demonstrate the limitations and constraints of these for understanding lifestyle migration; engaging with longstanding debates around structure and agency to make a case for the recognition of history in understanding such the pursuit of 'a better way of life'; questioning the extent to which meaning is made through movement, and the politics and ethics of replacing migration with mobilities. Through this systematic consideration, we pave the way of re-invigorated theorising on this topic, and the development of a critical sociology of lifestyle migration.

Item ID: 41184
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-954X
Keywords: lifestyle migration; mobilities; individualism; historical sociology; migration
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 02:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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