Bringing anchoring and embedding together: theorising migrants' lives over-time

Grzymala-Kazlowska, Aleksandra and Ryan, Louise (2022) Bringing anchoring and embedding together: theorising migrants' lives over-time. Comparative Migration Studies, 10 (46). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2214-594X

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In this paper, we bring together two concepts that we have been developing separately over recent years, to challenge linear and simplistic notions of migrant integration, depict multi-dimensional processes of settling and changeability over time. The concept of embedding has been proposed to capture dynamism beyond the more static notion of Granovetter’s embeddedness. The concept explores the contexts and contingencies of where and how migrants establish different degrees of attachment in different places and through different social relationships. Also the concept of anchoring has been developed to offer an antireductionist processual and multi-dimensional understanding of migrant adaptation and settling, highlighting the issues of security and stability. In this paper, using longitudinal research, we explore for the first time how bringing our two concepts together may offer additional insights and understandings of migrants’ experiences of and responses to the uncertainties and complexities of contemporary society, exacerbated by Brexit.

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Additional Information: The authors would like to thank Jon Fox for his encouragement to embark on this paper and Izabela Grabowska for her ongoing support through the writing process. Louise wishes to acknowledge Jon Mulholland's role in developing the concept of embedding. We are grateful to many colleagues who offered us their comments and the reviewers appointed by the journal for their helpful feedback. We also thank our participants, especially those who agreed to be followed up over a number of years.
Uncontrolled Keywords: differentiated belonging; anchoring; embedding; Polish migrants; Brexit; pandemic; longitudinal research
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2022 12:20
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 12:20


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