Migrant experiences of conviviality in the context of Brexit: Polish migrant Women in Manchester

Rzepnikowska Phillips, Alina (2020) Migrant experiences of conviviality in the context of Brexit: Polish migrant Women in Manchester. Central and Eastern European Migration Review (CEEMR), 9 (1). pp. 65-83. ISSN 2300-1682

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Abstract

This paper explores how people live together in different places in the context of Brexit. This issue seems more relevant than ever due to the continued attention being paid to immigration, identity and nation and raising questions about conviviality – understood in this paper as a process of living and interacting together in shared spaces. Building on my earlier research in 2012/13 and drawing on qualitative interviews conducted with Polish migrant women after the EU referendum in 2016, this paper explores the complexity of my participants’ everyday interactions with the local population in Manchester in the context of Brexit, viewed by many as a disruptive event impacting on social relations. The paper shows that conviviality is a highly dynamic process influenced by spatio-temporal characteristics, revealing not only tensions but also various forms of conviviality, in some cases sustained over time. It illustrates that, while Brexit poses challenges to conviviality, there are instances of thriving and sustained conviviality that endures despite exclusionary anti-immigration rhetoric. The paper also reflects on the possibilities of maintaining social connections and belonging in the context of Brexit, whereby some migrants become more rooted in their local areas and are likely to be settled on a more permanent basis, contrary to earlier assumptions that post--accession migrants are temporary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish migrant women, Brexit, conviviality, racism/xenophobia, belonging
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Alina Rzepnikowska Phillips
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 09:23
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 09:23
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2531

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