My wayward heart: homesickness, longing and the return of British post-war immigrants from Australia

Thomson, Alistair (2005) My wayward heart: homesickness, longing and the return of British post-war immigrants from Australia. In: Harper, Marjory (ed.) Emigrant Homecomings: the return movement of emigrants 1600 - 2000. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 105-130. ISBN 9780719070709

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Abstract

Emigrant Homecomings addresses the significant but neglected issue of return migration to Britain and Europe since 1600. While emigration studies have become prominent in both scholarly and popular circles in recent years, return migration has remained comparatively under-researched, despite evidence that in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries between a quarter and a third of all emigrants from many parts of Britain and Europe ultimately returned to their countries of origin. Emigrant Homecomings analyses the motives, experiences and impact of these returning migrants in a wide range of locations over four hundred years, as well as examining the mechanisms and technologies which enabled their return.

The book examines the multiple identities that migrants adopted and the huge range and complexity of homecomers’ motives and experiences. It also dissects migrants' perception of ‘home’ and the social, economic, cultural and political change that their return engendered.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Centre for Community Engagement
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:23
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 09:03
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25714
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