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Title: Polish-British or British-Polish? : Changing identities of Polish war refugees in East Anglia and London from 1945 until today
Author: Czap, Marcin
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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Following the agenda of current debates in sociology of immigration and ethnicity I analyse the evolution of ethnic and national identifications of a group of Polish war refugees who settled after the Second World War in East Anglia. My analysis is based on four theoretical concepts : ethnicity, national identity, assimilation and transnationalism and begins before the war back in Poland, where I establish my respondents' base Identification. I then follow them through their war experiences, stop briefly at the moment when they decided not to return home and finish with a step-by-step accounting of their life in exile . To gain a broader picture and a more comprehensive answer to my question I compare my sample with two other groups of Poles: one which arrived in the United Kingdom at the same time as my respondents but settled in and around London while the other arrived after 2004 in the post-EU accession wave of migration-. This enables me to answer my research question : after more than 60 years of exile , which set of identifications is dominant? Are they more British or maybe more Polish or they are somewhere between those two? I come to a conclusion that even after such a long period it is difficult to say which set of identifications is dominant. What I have found out is that my respondent s have a dual or hyphened identity, where, depending on situation and circumstances, they emphasize one or the other side of their lives .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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