Pemberton, S and Mackrell, P (2018) New representations of rural space: Eastern European migrants and the denial of poverty and deprivation in the English countryside. Journal of Rural Studies, 59. pp. 49-57. ISSN 0743-0167

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To date, there has been relatively little focus on Eastern European 'accession' (EU8) migrants' representations of the rural in Western Europe. Through drawing on research conducted in England, this paper highlights how the materiality of the English countryside strongly shapes EU8 migrants' views of rural space. In turn, their representations of the rural as 'idyll', as social and cultural capital and as relational, coupled with their own moral values promoting self-sufficiency serve to perpetuate the rural as being 'problem free'. Furthermore, the conflation of the rural idyll with 'Englishness' and 'whiteness' provides EU8 migrants living in the countryside with the opportunity to become involved in various aspects of rural community life. Consequently, the paper argues that their actions, as well as their representations of the rural, further contribute to the cultural 'screening out' of rural problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Pergamon Press Ltd./Elsevier at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: EU8 migrants, rural, materiality, idyll, problem free
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2018 15:59
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 01:30

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