Practising the Good Life: Lifestyle Migration in Practices

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Kate Torkington, In„es David, InÍs David, Jo„o Sardinha, Jošao Sardinha
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015 - Emigration and immigration - 280 pages
This edited collection adds to the growing body of research on lifestyle migration with empirically grounded explorations focusing on a wide range of practices involved in living ‚ ~the good life‚ (TM). The volume brings together a variety of socio-geographical contexts‚ "from Swedish ‚ ~lifestyle movers‚ (TM) in Malta, retired Britons and Germans in Spain, and seekers of the ‚ ~rural idyll‚ (TM) in the Iberian Peninsula, to expats in Nepal, North Americans in Ecuador and ‚ ~utopian‚ (TM) lifestyle migrants in Patagonia‚ "to provide a broad spectrum of studies that provide insights into how the practices of lifestyle migration are (re-)produced and performed. Adopting a variety of methodological approaches, the contributions also reflect the interdisciplinary nature of current research into migration, with groundings in sociology, anthropology, human geography, cultural studies and linguistics.

The practice-based approach taken in this book explores a range of aspects and issues surrounding lifestyle-oriented mobilities by considering how these mobilities materialise in people‚ (TM)s everyday engagements, imaginations, identities, institutional articulations and international dynamics. The practices that are highlighted include: mobility practices; community-building practices, particularly as enacted in the new ‚ ~cultural arenas‚ (TM) provided by destination places; identity practices, including racialized practices and on-line practices; language practices; home-ownership practices, practices of home-making and belonging; alternative lifestyle and ‚ ~spiritual‚ (TM) practices; active ageing practices; leisure and work-related practices in rural contexts; and the (often mediated) practices sustaining what can be called a ‚ ~lifestyle migration industry‚ (TM).

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