Leaving the UK
Leaving the UK
motives, agency and decision-making processes
This chapter explores the reasons for women’s dislocation in and from the UK, and the gendered decision making processes involved in migrating to Spain: in other words, through the examination of women’s narratives, the chapter focuses on ‘the whys’ and ‘the how’ of retirement migration. This chapter explains how women experience disengagement from the UK as a place, or space, and also as temporal disjuncture, since they also reject the UK in the present. Age and ethnic positionalities too shape feelings of disruption. This is both in terms of feeling peripheral and on the margins of society through being retired, and also due to the presence of ‘others’, immigrants to the UK. This chapter unravels the multiple motivations for women’s migration, taking account of structural forces, their unique biographies and agency and positionalities through structurally analysing their narratives, illuminating their lives in context.
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