Brexit Brits Abroad

Episode 36: What does Britishness mean to Britons living in the EU-27 in Brexit times?

Brexit has made many people pause to reflect on what it means to be British at this point in time. In this episode, the project team reflect further on our conversations Britons living in the EU-27, highlighting how these reveal people’s changing relationship with the place they were born, how this relates to their feelings about the places they now live, and their sense of themselves as British.

Episode 34: Doing a very public sociology project about Brexit

This episode brings the project team together again to talk through the experience of doing a sociological research on Brexit while the withdrawal process if unfolding. They reflect on what it is like to do sociology on a topic that is so highly politicised, political and where the stakes are constantly shifting. In laying bare their experiences, they offer unprecedented insights into the doing of social research on a live and lively issue.

Long read: let’s ditch the stereotypes about Britons who live in the EU

Our images of Britons living in the rest of the EU are dominated by twin stereotypes: the sun-seeking, patriotic pensioner in Spain and the upper-middle-class English couple renovating a Dordogne property. Karen O’Reilly and Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London) make a plea for the true complexity and diversity of the British diaspora to be recognised, and explain how these stereotypes feed into a wider notion of migrancy as deviant and problematic.