Episode 17: About Britain’s/Britons’ relationship to Europe


In this episode, Michaela talks with Karen about her paper from the early 2000s that identified the contradictory ways in which Britons in Spain related to their new place of residence and the Spanish population. Such contradictions—on the one hand, the decidedly colonialist narratives, and on the other the openness to difference—were mirrored also in the ambivalence of the British and Britain towards Europe. Fast forward to Brexit, and these contradictions, in all their complexity, come once again to the fore.

You can read more about this in Karen’s recent blog Doing the Hokey Cokey or get in touch if you want a copy of the original journal article we discuss in the episode.

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  1. February 19, 2018

    […] part in the research in France feel about being British. We followed this with Michaela and Karen talking about the contradictory relationship between Britain and Europe, and how this plays out in the ways Britons in Spain, historically, talked about their lives […]

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