Professor Karen O’Reilly recently visited Tenerife to continue her research with Britons resident in Spain. The research was reported in the Canarian Weekly in Tenerife.
Brexit Brits Abroad
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.
In this episode the project team focus on narrative and storytelling in social science research, focussing on the question of how we do justice to the what people have told us in the way we write and communicate the findings of the project.
A message from the Brexit Brits Abroad team in a week of turbulence.
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.
In Episode 33 the project team discuss qualitative research and why it is valuable in a project on what Brexit means to British people living in the EU27.
Project lead Michaela appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales programme to discuss the Overseas Electors Bill currently moving through UK parliament. Here’s a clip of her contribution. You can...
Freedom of Movement is a right that British citizens will no longer enjoy following Brexit. In episode 32 the project team discuss what the loss of Freedom of Movment means to British citizens living in the EU27.
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.