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‘There are times when I feel like a bit of an alien’: Middling migrants and the national order of things

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posted on 27.02.2018, 14:48 by Michael Skey
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.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Nations and Nationalism

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.

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© The author(s) 2018. Nations and Nationalism © ASEN/John Wiley & Sons Ltd 2018

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: 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, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12422. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Acceptance date

13/02/2018

Publication date

2018-08-09

ISSN

1354-5078

eISSN

1469-8129

Language

en

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