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Retiring to SpainWomen's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community$
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Anya Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001

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Locating the women

Locating the women

macro, meso and micro contexts

(p.35) Three Locating the women
Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Policy Press

In chapter three, a discussion of the macro contexts framing retired women’s migratory decisions in terms of ‘upper structural layers’ and ‘more proximate structural layers’ is presented. The focus then shifts to the ‘meso context’ or women’s positionalities the chapter considers how positionalities act as a meso level of interaction between such structures and women’s agency. This chapter explains my use of translocational positionality and discuss this in terms of gender, class, age and ethnicity in theoretical and lived contexts. Women’s social locations are differently influenced by context and are fashioned and reinforced by one another. This chapter explores the difficulties in disentangling women’s positionalities and suggested that understanding the complex relationship between them is key to illuminating their lives in context.

Keywords:   structural contexts for migration, translocational positionality, class, gender, age, ethnicity

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