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Intergenerational Consequences of Lifestyle Migration

German-speaking Immigrants in New Zealand


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Engaging the Nexus of Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 3-34
    3. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 35-59
    4. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 61-74
  3. Navigating the Nexus of Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 77-108
    3. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 109-148
    4. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 149-172
    5. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 173-188
    6. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 189-195
    7. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 197-217
    8. Irmengard K. Wohlfart
      Pages 219-225
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 227-262

About this book


This book explores the adaptation processes of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants into New Zealand’s predominantly Anglophone society. Specifically, it considers the experiences and long-term consequences of the migration of more affluent European immigrants to New Zealand, where migration was predominantly a lifestyle choice.

A comprehensive four-year study adds insights into the social integration and assimilation processes of the immigrants and their descendants, including intercultural marriage behaviour, work and educational achievements and community enrichments. It also considers the institutional and social reception of these immigrants and their children in New Zealand, and the effects these have had on them.

Nexus Analysis reveals that strong motives for lifestyle migration enabled the immigrants to cope with unexpected institutional setbacks in New Zealand, and finds both shifts and maintenance in language and culture, and explores feelings of belonging and identities across three generations.


Cultural identity German-speaking migrants Immigration to New Zealand Language and education Lifestyle migration Multicultural identities New Zealand and migration Nexus analysis cultural change and migration cultural imprints cultural maintenance discrimination against migrants interethnic/intercultural marriage language shift migrant generations migrant identity skilled migrants

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Language and CultureAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

About the authors

Dr Irmengard Wohlfart is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language and Culture at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. She teaches and supervises students in Applied Language Studies and in Translation Studies; and she is the Translation and Interpreting Program Leader. She also is a member of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI). Her research interests include translation of literature; international migration motives and consequences from the migrants’ perspectives; and intergenerational heritage language and culture transfer. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intergenerational Consequences of Lifestyle Migration
  • Book Subtitle German-speaking Immigrants in New Zealand
  • Authors Irmengard K. Wohlfart
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3258-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9827-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3260-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 262
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Studies
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