Telling Practice Stories of Lifestyle Migration at the Intersections of Postcoloniality and Neoliberalism

  • Michaela Benson
  • Karen O’Reilly
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


In the closing chapter, we summarise how telling lifestyle migration as a story of practice reveals the work of neoliberalism and postcolonialism in how privilege is structured, experienced, and embodied in the search for a better way of life through migration. We highlight the unique insights offered by the book into the interplay of these wider structural and material conditions, with the proximate structures that benefit lifestyle migrants and over which they have some (limited) agency. As we conclude, lifestyle migration is a process shaped by structural constraints and opportunities that describes the relocation of individualised neoliberal subjects in pursuit of a better quality of life, and the processes by which these individuals negotiate, embody, and enact this pursuit.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela Benson
    • 1
  • Karen O’Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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