Living the "Real" Dream in la France profonde?: Lifestyle Migration, Social Distinction, and the Authenticities of Everyday Life
- Anthropological Quarterly
- George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research
- Volume 86, Number 2, Spring 2013
- pp. 501-525
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For the British residents of rural France, the desire for authentic (rural) living underscored the decision to migrate, while through residence they gain more nuanced understandings of authenticity. This article explores the purpose and meaning that these authenticities have for such lifestyle migrants. As the ethnography in this article demonstrates, claims to the authentic are equally claims to distinctiveness, and should thus be read within the context of the continual processes of social distinction in which these migrants engage.