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Return migration in later lifeInternational perspectives$
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John Percival

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301226

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.001.0001

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Ageing in the ancestral homeland: ethno-biographical reflections on return migration in later life

Ageing in the ancestral homeland: ethno-biographical reflections on return migration in later life

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(p.179) Nine Ageing in the ancestral homeland: ethno-biographical reflections on return migration in later life
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Return migration in later life
Author(s):
Anastasia Christou
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.003.0009

This chapter explores first and second generation Greek-Danish migration and relocation to the ancestral homeland in relation to issues of ageing and belonging. Through ethnographic and life story narratives the chapter examines participant portrayals in how they mediate meaning of diasporic longing and belonging in later life. The chapter addresses imaginative and tangible connections between (return) migration, the boundaries of the nation-state and the identities that are forged in the process of mobility and relocation, as the ageing process becomes a part of migrant diasporic life. Interrogating migration narratives over the life course, the chapter scrutinises the emotionally embodied context of ageing and migrancy, by focusing on narrative accounts of belonging and displacement, and reveals how emotions, attachments and pragmatic concerns shape later life mobilities.

Keywords:   Ageing, Narrative accounts, Embodied experiences, Later life mobilities

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