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Title: Dimensions of belonging and migrants by choice : contemporary movements between Italy and Northern Ireland
Author: Dietz, Angelika
ISNI:       0000 0000 3492 2514
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2010
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This PhD thesis deals with the sense of belonging of ten migrants by choice who moved in most cases by chance from Italy to Northern Ireland. Only few people from Italy come to live in Northern Ireland, but as the history shows, it has been a constant migration that has not been studied much so far. With regard to theoretical questions I want to focus on the relation of migration and a sense of place. I apply a translocal approach to migration on an ethnological background. Issues of migration and a sense of place require taking on a multiple and complex focus with regard to theory and empiricism in order to avoid generalisations or simplifications. The theoretical framework is based on the outcome of my interviews, in the selection of which I placed special emphasis on the importance of social relations for one's sense of place. I did interviews with 10 Italian migrants who lived in Northern Ireland, and other 38 interviews with their friends and family members in Italy and Northern Ireland. Apart from doing interviews with the migrants' friends and family members, I was visiting the places in Italy and Northern Ireland to observe these places. In this way I connected, like the migrants themselves, the multiple places that matter for migrants. Various and complex dimensions impact on migrants' sense of belonging, and I have outlined these under biographical, spatial, cultural and social viewpoint. I applied in this analysis some new approaches, such as the focus on sensory issues, emotions and a transnational and rather mobile view on migration. This thesis does not provide a simple result of the factors which influence migrants' sense of belonging, but rather offers a rich picture of various components of migrants' sense of belonging.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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