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Networks among retired British Women in the Costa Blanca : insiders, outsiders, ‘club capital’ and ‘limited liability'

Ahmed, AAI 2012, 'Networks among retired British Women in the Costa Blanca : insiders, outsiders, ‘club capital’ and ‘limited liability'' , Urbanities, 2 (2) , pp. 95-112.

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Much has been written on the subject of Intra-European retirement migration spanning a range of disciplines including social policy, sociology, geography, migration studies, tourism, social gerontology, sociology and anthropology. Such movement — predominantly from northern to southern Europe — has largely been attributed to increased life expectancy, early retirement, greater affluence and previous tourism experiences. Historically, migration to Spain centred on the Costa del Sol and more recently the Costa Blanca; the Spanish Costas remain popular destinations for British retirees. This area is populated by large numbers of migrants who have retired, often early, and bought ‘a place in the sun’. Focusing on retired British migrants in new social and cultural contexts, I explore how a degree of superficiality or ‘sense of belonging’ to networks is sufficient to enable retirees to thrive in their new country. Although bonding social capital is often associated with migrant populations, I highlight how retired British women utilize ‘club capital’ — denoting looser, superficial linkages — and how their social networks are characterized by ‘limited liability’. Adopting a structural narrative approach, I examine how retired migrants from the UK to Spain pursue their interests and on what premises

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Urbanities
Publisher: IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2239-5725
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: A Ahmed
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 16:43
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:43

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