Family and mobility in second modernity: Polish migrant narratives of individualization and family life

Botterill, K. (2014) Family and mobility in second modernity: Polish migrant narratives of individualization and family life. Sociology, 48(2), pp. 233-250. (doi:10.1177/0038038512474728)

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Abstract

This article revisits the individualization debate in the context of Polish migration to the UK. Drawing on empirical research with young Polish migrants in Scotland and Poland, I argue that as new opportunities for migration have shaped Polish family life, the family plays ideological, affective and practical roles in shaping and supporting young people’s mobilities. The pursuit of an apparently individualistic, mobile life in the context of post-accession Polish mobility is confounded by the persistence of family structures and relations that underpin and shape individual decisions and mobility pathways. I discuss three ‘ruptures’ to the individualization thesis (Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, 2001) that relate to the process of migration over the lifecourse: ‘moving out’, ‘keeping in touch’, and ‘coming back’. Through these discussions I argue that individual mobility is a relational process and one that can, and should, be analysed alongside family structures rather than separate from it.

Item Type:Articles
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:Sociology
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0038-0385
ISSN (Online):1469-8684
Published Online:06 June 2013

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