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Family and Mobility in Second Modernity: Polish Migrant Narratives of Individualization and Family Life

  This article revisits the individualization debate in the context of Polish migration to the UK. Drawing on empirical research with young Polish migrants in Scotland and Poland, I argue that as new opportunities for migration have shaped Polish family life, the family plays ideological, affective and practical roles in shaping and supporting young people’s mobilities. The pursuit of an apparently individualistic, mobile life in the context of post-accession Polish mobility is confounded by the persistence of family structures and relations that underpin and shape individual decisions and mobility pathways. I discuss three ‘ruptures’ to the individualization thesis (Beck and Beck-Gernsheim, 2001) that relate to the process of migration over the lifecourse: ‘moving out’, ‘keeping in touch’, and ‘coming back’. Through these discussions I argue that individual mobility is a relational process and one that can, and should, be analysed alongside family structures rather than separate from it.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    06 June 2013

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    SAGE Publications

  • DOI:

    10.1177/0038038512474728

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1177/0038038512474728

  • ISSN:

    0038-0385

  • Library of Congress:

    HQ The family. Marriage. Woman

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    305 Social groups

Citation

Botterill, K. (2014). Family and Mobility in Second Modernity: Polish Migrant Narratives of Individualization and Family Life. Sociology, 48(2), (233-250). doi:10.1177/0038038512474728. ISSN 0038-0385

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Keywords

family, gender, individualization, mobility, modernity transnational families,

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