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Retiring to SpainWomen's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community$
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Anya Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001

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Renegotiating family relationships

Renegotiating family relationships

managing intimacy from a distance

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(p.129) Eight Renegotiating family relationships
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Retiring to Spain
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Anya Ahmed

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.003.0008

This chapter focuses on a final obstacle to women achieving a successful life in Spain, and perhaps this the most important one: missing children and especially grandchildren left behind. The chapter will explored how the different groups of women manage and negotiate family responsibilities in the UK and how location within gender, or in this case, and being a grandmother – and to a lesser extent being a mother - is part of the migration experience. The chapter consider and how women reconcile, reject and reconceptualise traditional notions of being a mother and grandmother once they have left the UK and how this can sometimes be at odds with being a wife. It becomes clear that different migration trajectories and position reflect conflicting feelings, perceptions and experiences. The chapter begins by considering how theories of grandparenting styles and intergenerational solidarity are useful for the analysis before focusing on how women perform grandmother identities through their narrative accounts.

Keywords:   grandmother identities, grandparenting styles/theories, intergenerational solidarity, ambivalence, new forms of grandmothering

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