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Brexit Brits Abroad


Feb 15, 2019

If you have been listening to us for a while, you may have noticed our perennial preoccupation with the question of what’s the British in British migration and as luck would have it, there is a new book that takes this question as a starting point. In this episode Professor Pauline Leonard (University of Southampton), one of the leading sociologists working in this field of research, and the co-editor of the new book British Migrationjoins Karen and Michaela in troubling the orthodoxies in how we understand the British citizens living abroad. Painting a multi-faceted picture of British migrants living all over the world, we talk about the multi-faceted ways in which Britishness is made and remade among its emigrants, reflect on who does and does not step forward into the space of this research (and how we might as researchers attend to this), and the importance of understanding emigration in the making of Britain.

*And yes, in my head is the tune of the Tina Turner’s ‘What’s love got to do with it?’ is playing on repeat …