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Changing Polish Identities

Post-War and Post-Accession Polish Migrants in Manchester

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Agniezka Bielewska-Mensah

This book discusses how globalization transforms national identity, comparing the assertion that globalization disembeds national culture with contrasting claims that identities remain primarily anchored in national space. It examines the impact of mobility on identity and explores the role of virtual worlds in preserving national culture.
The investigation is based around a case study looking at two very different groups of Polish migrants in Manchester: those who settled in the city after the Second World War and those who arrived after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. A comparison of the two groups reveals a fascinating transformation in the process of identity formation, which has led to the clearly defined modern identity of the post-war migrants being replaced by a postmodern, multidimensional sense of self in the post-accession migrants.

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Anderson, Benedict 24 banal nationalism 36 Bauman, Zygmunt 21, 22, 45 Beck, Ulrich 21, 22 Beck-Gernsheim, Elisabeth 21, 22 Billig, Michael 36, 38, 40 Brah, Avtar 61, 85–86 Caglar, Ayse 110 care homes, Polish in Manchester 76–77 Casanova, Jose 23 Castells, Manuel 43–44, 48, 49, 51, 110–111, 128–129, 132 Chambers, Deborah 34 church, Polish in Manchester 67–72, 113–116 clothing 35 clubs, Polish in Manchester 72–75, 120–121 consulate, Polish in Manchester 117 cosmopolitanism 21 creolisation 25 diasporic citizenship 160 Edensor, Tim 20, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34–35, 39–43, 80, 86, 103 embodied habits 42 everyday routines – see reproduction of national identity f luid migration 5 f luidity 20 food 33, 65, 70, 79–80, 122–127 fragmentation 20–21 Garapich, Michał 134–136, 137, 155, 157–158, 167–169, 176 Giddens, Anthony 21 global f luids 44–45 global networks 43–46 home 28–31, 38–39, 60–66, 157 home-making 28–29, 61–66, 103, 145–146 Horst, Heather 45–46, 131 identity 19 individualization 21–22, 116, 127 Internet 48–51, 91, 136–139 Katyń Monument 78, 146 lifestyle 106–112 Marcus, George 26 Massey, Doreen 27, 28, 162, 177 materiality 31–35, 61–63 McDowell, Linda 29–30 media 47–48, 91–93, 134 modern place 26, 162–163, 177 Money, Annemarie 34 Morley, David 49, 50 myth of home/homeland 61 nation 24 national habitus 41 196 Index Saturday school, Polish 76, 117–120 Saunders, Robert 49...

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