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Retiring to Spain: Women's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community

Anya Ahmed


This book focuses on the lives of a group of women from the UK who moved to the Costa Blanca in Spain in retirement. We follow their journeys as they seek ‘community’ and belonging in a world characterised by rapid social change. Imbued with nostalgic yearning, community is hailed as a panacea to the ills of modernity and as a representation of social continuity. Nostalgia denotes the mourning of a lost home or place and a lost time - and in this way – the search for community and belonging can also be understood as a quest for another epoch. For many of these women, migrating in retirement sy ... More

Keywords: retirement migration, Spain, women, narrative analysis, community, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anya Ahmed, author
University of Salford, UK