Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia

Osbaldiston, Nick, Picken, Felicity, and Denny, Lisa (2020) Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia. Population, Space and Place, 26. e2328.

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In this paper we explore narratives from interviews with British migrants who had shifted to Australia seeking a better way of life. Framed through the conceptual paradigm of lifestyle migration, we argue in this paper that pivotal to this late-modern phenomenon is the moment of reflexivity where imagination of life elsewhere collides with present experiences in place. However, using work from Holmes (2010, 2015), we argue that these reflexive moments are not simply cognitively processed. Rather, emotions in the everyday, and those imbued by the imagination, colour the reflexive moment and guide decision-making. Furthermore, once living lifestyle migration, emotions continue to play a role in everyday moments of reflexivity. In some circumstances, as we show, emotions in the ongoing migration experience creates impetus to leave place and return home. Through this paper, we hope to engage further with the argument that emotional reflexivity needs to be interrogated in lifestyle migration research.

Item ID: 62376
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1544-8452
Keywords: Australia; British; emotional reflexivity; lifestyle migration; place
Copyright Information: © 2020 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2020 22:48
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441005 Social theory @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441016 Urban sociology and community studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism @ 100%
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