Discordant lifestyle mobilities in East Asia: Privilege and precarity of British retirement in Thailand

Botterill, K. (2017) Discordant lifestyle mobilities in East Asia: Privilege and precarity of British retirement in Thailand. Population, Space and Place, 23(5), e2011. (doi:10.1002/psp.2011)

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Abstract

This paper explores the lifestyle mobilities of British retirees in Thailand, drawing on empirical research conducted in 2012. Thailand is a host to a significant number of British retirees motivated by a search for a better lifestyle in Asia. This pursuit of mobility for lifestyle reasons, rather than economic gain or work, implies a relative privilege involving a range of choices and opportunities. For many, the lifestyle achieved in Thailand is perceived as mediating negative effects of ageing and enhancing well‐being. However, the material challenges of lifestyle mobility in Thailand, such as frozen pensions, healthcare costs and property insecurity, destabilise an initial optimism and lead to feelings of entrapment and immobility in relation to state policy and practice. The paper argues for a relational framing of lifestyle mobility as a means of understanding and analysing the differential experience of privilege and precarity in semi‐colonial or post‐colonial locations.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This paper is part of a wider ESRC study on Life-style Migration in East Asia with Professor KarenO’ Reilly (Loughborough University), ProfessorRob Stones (University of Western Sydney), andDr Maggie Lee (Hong Kong University) (grant:ES/I023003/1)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Botterill, Dr Katherine
Authors: Botterill, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Population, Space and Place
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1544-8444
ISSN (Online):1544-8452
Published Online:19 January 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
First Published:First published in Population, Space and Place 23(5):e2011
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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