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Studying the Emotional Costs of Integration at Times of Change: The Case of EU Migrants in Brexit Britain

Zontini, Elisabetta; Genova, Elena

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Elisabetta Zontini



Abstract

Events such as Brexit have drawn attention to the precarity of contemporary migrants’ settlement rights and reopened the debate on the nature of integration and assimilation processes. Drawing on participant observation and interviews with Italian and Bulgarian migrants in Brexit Britain, this article develops a novel approach for understanding migrants’ changing relationships with their countries of settlement and their current and future practices. This approach builds on the sociology of emotions, which it extends to migration and diversity with a transnational sensibility. The approach is then applied to explain the different displays of emotion undertaken by our participants and their consequences. Overall, the article develops a new way to examine the subjective experiences of integration at times of change that is capable of offering important insights into the emotional costs of the neo-assimilationist climate characterising several western societies.

Citation

Zontini, E., & Genova, E. (2022). Studying the Emotional Costs of Integration at Times of Change: The Case of EU Migrants in Brexit Britain. Sociology, 56(4), 638-654. https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211063355

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 27, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 6, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 17, 2022
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 56
Issue 4
Pages 638-654
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385211063355
Keywords assimilation, Brexit, Bulgarian migrants, emotional costs, emotional labour, emotional work, integration, Italian migrants, migration, settlement
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/7230440
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00380385211063355

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