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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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Leaving the UK

Leaving the UK

motives, agency and decision-making processes

(p.65) Five Leaving the UK
Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Policy Press

This chapter explores the reasons for women’s dislocation in and from the UK, and the gendered decision making processes involved in migrating to Spain: in other words, through the examination of women’s narratives, the chapter focuses on ‘the whys’ and ‘the how’ of retirement migration. This chapter explains how women experience disengagement from the UK as a place, or space, and also as temporal disjuncture, since they also reject the UK in the present. Age and ethnic positionalities too shape feelings of disruption. This is both in terms of feeling peripheral and on the margins of society through being retired, and also due to the presence of ‘others’, immigrants to the UK. This chapter unravels the multiple motivations for women’s migration, taking account of structural forces, their unique biographies and agency and positionalities through structurally analysing their narratives, illuminating their lives in context.

Keywords:   motivations to migrate, agency, gendered household dynamics, time and space

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