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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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Belonging to networks

Belonging to networks

reconciling agency and positionalities

(p.105) Seven Belonging to networks
Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Policy Press

This chapter explores how geographical location is significant in shaping belonging to networks and how women’s networks in the Costa Blanca are also influenced by and reflect their class, age, ethnic and age positionalities. This chapter begins with a description of women’s ‘social scene’ in the Costa Blanca and presents a discussion of how women with partners and single women engage in social contact. This is followed by an examination of how married women differently experience and manage the increased amount of time spent with their husbands in retirement. The Silver Ladies’ Club is then presented as an example of a gendered social network and lifestyle based gathering, translocating with class, ethnicity and age. The role of language as constructing and reflecting women’s experiences is then considered in relation to social locations and constructions and reflections of Englishness as an ethnic positionality. The chapter concludes by examining how women ‘other’ the Spanish and how this reinforces and reproduces their own positionalities.

Keywords:   gendered social networks, the ‘social scene’ in spain, ‘england in spain’

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