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Polish families and migration since EU accession$
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Anne White

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428202

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428202.001.0001

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Being Polish in England

Being Polish in England

Chapter:
(p.169) Nine Being Polish in England
Source:
Polish families and migration since EU accession
Author(s):

Anne White

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428202.003.0009

This chapter explores aspects of integration linked to constructing Polish identities abroad. It discusses why interviewees led ‘Polish’ lives, looking at the different choices they made and the different opportunities they possessed. It also explores the outcomes, the extent to which interviewees felt more, or less, at home in the UK, as the result of their engagement in transnational activities. It looks in turn at home and community and discusses the physical homes occupied by the Polish families in England and how much the interviewees felt at home in them. It continues by exploring selected transnational activities and discusses buying and cooking food as an aspect of maintaining Polish cultural identity.

Keywords:   integration, Polish identities, home, UK, transnational activities, community, physical homes, food

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