Lifestyle Migration: Expectations, Aspirations and Experiences

MC Benson, O'Reilly Karen

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# Relatively affluent individuals from various corners of the globe are increasingly choosing to migrate, spurred on by the promise of a better and more fulfilling way of life within their destination. Despite its increasing scale, migration academics have yet to consolidate and establish lifestyle migration as a subfield of theoretical enquiry, until now. This volume offers a dynamic and holistic analysis of contemporary lifestyle migrations, exploring the expectations and aspirations which inform and drive migration alongside the realities of life within the destination. It also recognizes the structural conditions (and constraints) which frame lifestyle migration, laying the groundwork for further intellectual enquiry. Through rich empirical case studies this volume addresses this important and increasingly common form of migration in a manner that will interest scholars of mobility, migration, lifestyle and culture across the social sciences. Contents: Lifestyle migration: escaping to the good life?, Karen O'Reilly and Michaela Benson; When a trip to adulthood becomes a lifestyle: Western lifestyle migrants in Varanasi, India, Mari Korpela; Pursuing the good life: American narratives of travel and a search for refuge, Brian A. Hoey; Romance tourists, foreign wives or retirement migrants? Cross-cultural marriage in Florence, Italy, Catherine Trundle; Your home in Spain: residential strategies in international retirement migration, Per Gustafson; Social capital in the sun: bonding and bridging social capital among British retirees, Maria Angeles Casado-Diaz; The children of the hunters: self-realization projects and class reproduction, Karen O'Reilly; A desire for difference: British lifestyle migration to Southwest France, Michaela Benson; Taking the risk: the British in Didim, Turkey, Ozlem Nudrali and Karen O'Reilly; Afterword, Jacqueline Waldren; Index.
Translated title of the contributionLifestyle Migration: Expectations, Aspirations and Experiences
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages178
ISBN (Print)9780754675679
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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