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Title: ‘There are times when I feel like a bit of an alien’: Middling migrants and the national order of things
Authors: Skey, Michael
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: © The author(s) 2018. Nations and Nationalism © ASEN/John Wiley & Sons Ltd 2018
Citation: SKEY, M., 2018. ‘There are times when I feel like a bit of an alien’: Middling migrants and the national order of things. Nations and Nationalism, 24(3), pp. 606-623.
Abstract: This paper considers the value of using the experiences of what have been labelled as ‘middling migrants’ to explore the ways in which people continue to understand the world and their own place in it in national terms. It begins with a critical engagement with the literature on banal, hot and everyday nationalism, arguing for a more dynamic model that not only tracks the processes by which largely taken-for-granted forms and practices are opened up to scrutiny and vice versa but also their significance, as both mindful and mindless features of daily life. The second part explores how these processes may operate by focusing on a particular group of migrants; Britons in Australia. The experiences of these people are particularly useful in researching everyday nationalism’s evidence problem because they occupy an in-between space, not quite ‘us’ nor ‘them’, that can be used to reflect on the shifting salience, and significance, of the nation in daily lives. As well as noting how differences relating to language, food and interactions come to be framed as ‘national’, the study also shows the extent to which novel circumstances become part of the taken-for-granted lifeworld over time.
Description: This paper is closed access until 09 August 2020.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/nana.12422
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/32045
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12422
ISSN: 1354-5078
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