Agency and emotion in transnational migration stories : life-changing experiences of Polish women in south west England.

Davies, Rebecca Anne (2013) Agency and emotion in transnational migration stories : life-changing experiences of Polish women in south west England. Masters thesis, University of Wales, Trinity St David.

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Abstract

This study is about issues of agency and emotion in transnational migration, specifically between Poland and the UK, from the perspective of nine Polish women living in south-west England. By appreciating the emotional dynamics of transnational migration, and the agency enacted by individuals in wider contexts, the study illustrates how multiple and varied stories are lived behind the widely reported statistics. By focusing on the experiences of women, and analyzing the different contexts of their sending and receiving environments, this study takes a gendered approach to understanding transnational migration and its opportunities and challenges. Listening to the life histories of individuals reveals transnational migration as a life-changing experience. Mahler and Pessar’s model of “gendered geographies of power” has been employed to frame the findings of the research and assist in understanding the different levels of analysis on which power and context are ‘played out’, and the processes by which individuals negotiate them in different ways. The scope of the study is suggested in terms of understanding the dynamics and social-political relationships which lead to individual and wider change. Anthropologists have been at the forefront of understanding migration as “transnational”, and more recently as “emotional”, making up for earlier approaches which more recent anthropologists have widely criticized.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Series: Carmarthen / Lampeter Dissertations;10412/262.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women Poland, Transnationalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2014 17:43
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 14:55
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/333

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