‘I didn’t realize how attached I am’: On the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants

Moores, Shaun and Metykova, Monika (2010) ‘I didn’t realize how attached I am’: On the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 13 (2). pp. 171-189. ISSN 1367-5494

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Abstract

This article presents findings from a qualitative research project on the environmental experiences of trans-European migrants, drawing on conversational interviews with young people who have moved to Britain over recent years from the new European Union Member States in Eastern Europe. It explores these migrants’ practical and emotional relationships with physical (and media) environments, also drawing on the literature of phenomenological geography, in which there is a helpful concern with environmental experiences and associated senses of place. Such experiences and perceptions are not usually objects of reflection in day-to-day social circumstances, precisely because of their routine, familiar and taken-for-granted character. However, transnational migra-tion can bring a profound disturbance of lifeworlds, throwing senses of place into sharp relief. Therefore, a major theme of this article is the close connection between matters of migration and those of place-making in daily living.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Monika Metykova
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 11:35
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 11:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/39531
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