Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship

Lifestyle Migration and Colonial Traces in Malaysia and Panama

Authors: Benson, Michaela, O'Reilly, Karen

  • Reveals how neoliberalism and postcolonialism articulate in the production of lifestyle migration as a social process
  • Describes lifestyle migration as a process through the lens of practice theory
  • Highlights the constraints and opportunities that shape the lives of lifestyle migrants and the processes by which these are negotiated
  • Demonstrates how lifestyle migration has been shaped by historical processes such as colonialism and empire, but also by wider global trends such as neoliberalism
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Leading scholars in the sociology of migration, Michaela Benson and Karen O’Reilly, re-theorise lifestyle migration through a sustained focus on postcolonialism at its intersections with neoliberalism. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the interplay of colonial traces and neoliberal presents, the relationship between residential tourism and economic development, and the governance and regulation of lifestyle migration. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork undertaken by the authors among lifestyle migrants in Malaysia and Panama, they reveal the structural and material conditions that support migration and how these are embodied by migrant subjects, while also highlighting their agency within this process. This rigorous work marks an important contribution to emerging debates surrounding privileged migration and mobility. It will appeal to sociologists, social theorists, human and cultural geographers, economists, social psychologists, demographers, social anthropologists, tourism and migration studies specialists.



About the authors

Michaela Benson is Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She is renowned for her work on lifestyle migration, and has been conducting research and writing on this topic since the early 2000s. She is the author of The British in Rural France (2011), which was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize (2012), co-author of The Middle Classes and the City (2015), co-editor of Lifestyle Migration (2009) and Understanding Lifestyle Migration (2015).
Karen O’Reilly is Professor Emerita at Loughborough University, UK. Through her research on British migrants living in Spain in the 1990s, she set the agenda for the sociological study of British migration. She is the author of The British on the Costa del Sol (2000), Ethnographic Methods (2011), Key Concepts in Ethnography (2008) and International Migration and Social Theory (2012) which won the CHOICE outstanding academic title award.

Reviews

“Benson and O’Reilly retrace the interplay between lifestyle migrants’ ground-level practices in Penang, Malaysia and Boquete, Panama and postcolonial heritage of and current neoliberal policies in these locations with a careful attention to the hows of their reciprocal entanglements. This interesting book should be read by migration researchers in all subfields of this specialization.” (Ewa Morwska, University of Essex, UK)

“This book encapsulates the quality of both O’Reilly and Benson’s skills as both theorists and ethnographers in migration scholarship. Their work collectively in lifestyle migration culminates in this piece and delivers an astounding depth of material for anyone who works in this space but also broadly for those who work on globalisation, migration and tourism research.” (Nick Osbaldiston, James Cook University, Australia)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Benson, Michaela (et al.)

    Pages 1-39

  • Colonial Traces and Neoliberal Presents: Situating Malaysia and Panama

    Benson, Michaela (et al.)

    Pages 41-80

  • Residential Tourism and Economic Development: Imagineering Boquete and Penang

    Benson, Michaela (et al.)

    Pages 81-110

  • Governance as Practice: Regulating Lifestyle Migration

    Benson, Michaela (et al.)

    Pages 111-137

  • Diverse Lives: Weaving Personal Stories

    Benson, Michaela (et al.)

    Pages 139-168

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eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-51157-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lifestyle Migration and Colonial Traces in Malaysia and Panama
Authors
Series Title
Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51158-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51158-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51157-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 315
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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