Retiring to Spain

Women’s Narratives of Nostalgia, Belonging and Community

Anya Ahmed

Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447313304 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The first book to explore working class British women’s experiences of retirement migration, Retiring to Spain provides a new theoretical framework for understanding these Third Age movements. Focusing on the voices of women either considering return migration to the United Kingdom or permanent or temporary settlement in Spain, the book takes a narrative approach as it follows their journeys to seek, recreate, and construct community in a new context and unravels their experiences of belonging and non-belonging. By offering a much-needed critical perspective, Retiring to Spain challenges overly simplified definitions of community.
Contents
Part One: Lives in context
Conceptualising, theorising and narrating retirement migration
Locating the women: macro, meso and micro contexts
Boundary spanning and reconstitution: retirement migration and the search for community
Part Two: Lived experiences
Leaving the UK: motives, agency and decision-making processes
Living in Spain: ‘idyllisation’ and realisation
Belonging to networks: reconciling agency and positionalities
Renegotiating family relationships: managing intimacy from a distance
Locating ‘home’ and community: the end point of plot movement
Conclusion: nostalgia, community and belonging: linking time and space
Afterword
Review Quotes
Gerontologist
Retiring to Spain is an outstanding resource for scholars with an interest in older women, in retirement, or in narrative methods.”
Graham Crow, University of Edinburgh
“This fascinating study reveals the complexity of people’s journeys undertaken as they search for community. Their stories of pursuing this often elusive goal are ones of resourcefulness and hope.”
Peter Dwyer, University of York
“A welcome addition to the literature on international retirement migration, offering important and significant conceptual insights into community, belonging, and home through in-depth analysis grounded in the daily lives, dreams, and disappointments of working class women migrants. Highly recommended.”
Louise Ackers, University of Salford
“A beautifully crafted book confirming the importance of subjectivity and agency framed within persistent gendered social worlds.”
Kelly Hall, University of Birmingham
“A good addition to the methodological literature on narratives in the particularly under-researched area of women’s retirement migration experiences.”
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