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Lifestyle migration: architecture and kinship in the case of the British in Spain

Krit, Alesya; (2013) Lifestyle migration: architecture and kinship in the case of the British in Spain. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This thesis explores the phenomenon of lifestyle migration: people mainly in their 50s who move to another country, typically with warmer climate and in some cases less stable economies, to reside there full-time. By using the built environment as a means of analysis, this project explores the different ways in which lifestyle migrants come to interact with the architecture of their houses, reflect through them, and construct a new place they are able to call home. By examining how the migrants come to inhabit their new dwellings, the thesis also reveals the underlying importance of their kinship relations with members of their extended family. It highlights how, by moving away from their families, lifestyle migrants paradoxically come to improve their kin relations, employing the transformative capacity of the move. Additionally, it details the different meanings that lifestyle migrants attach to notions of bequeathing property and how they manipulate these concepts to improve relationships with their partners, at the same time contributing to transnational intergenerational contracts within their wider kinship networks. This thesis is based on ethnographic fieldwork in a community of British lifestyle migrants who reside full-time in southeastern Spain.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Lifestyle migration: architecture and kinship in the case of the British in Spain
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright restricted material has been removed from this digital copy.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1383731
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