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Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia


Osbaldiston, N and Picken, F and Denny, L, Exploring emotional reflexivity in British lifestyle migration to Australia, Population, Space and Place, 26, (5) Article e2328. ISSN 1544-8444 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/psp.2328


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 over life elsewhere collides with present experiences in place. However, using the concept of emotional reflexivity, we argue that these reflexive moments are not simply cognitively processed. Rather, emotions in the everyday and emotions of imagined lives elsewhere colour the reflexive moment and guide decision making. Furthermore, once living the lifestyle migration, emotions continue to play a role in the everyday moments of reflexivity. In some circumstances, as we show, emotional detachment from the lifestyle 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, British, emotional reflexivity, lifestyle migration, place
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Migration
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Denny, L (Ms Lisa Denny)
ID Code:137871
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-03-10
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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