The movement beyond (lifestyle) migration Mobilities: Mobile practices and the constitution of a better way of life

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  • Michaela Caroline Benson


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DatePublished - May 2011
Issue number2
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)221-235
Original languageEnglish


This article revisits my ethnography of the British in rural France to question how mobility in post‐migration life was deemed intrinsic to the better way of life that they sought through their migration. Through the exploration of the migrants’ everyday lives, I reveal that the migrants’ mobile practices and their expectations of mobility contributed towards the perceived success of their new lives and were thus significant to the ongoing process getting to a better way of life. Beyond this example, the article also demonstrates how the findings of mobilities researchers may be mobilized in traditional anthropological fieldwork.

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