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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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Nostalgia, belonging and community

Nostalgia, belonging and community

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(p.161) Conclusion Nostalgia, belonging and community
Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Policy Press

In the concluding chapter a final analysis of the relationship between nostalgia, belonging and community in retirement migration as illuminated through an interpretive narrative approach is presented. The chapter explains how the women featured orchestrated their own solution to non-belonging in the UK and Spain: they chose to leave the UK but found themselves once more on the margins in their new country. As a result, they needed to forge and construct new forms of belonging and community and review and revisit old ones. These women constructed belonging and community based on being of and from a place; through social networks and this was also shaped by their social locations. Although community could at times be superficial and tenuous, its presence denoted a better quality of life. Isolated diasporic communities like this one - formed through migration – often look back to the past to create a sense of belonging among members. Nostalgic constructions of belonging and community are key to how these women gave meaning to their lives through an orientation to the past.

Keywords:   nostalgia, belonging, community, time and space, place, networks, positionalities

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