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Gender, Sexuality and National Identity in the Lives of British Lifestyle Migrants in Spain
Chasing the Rainbow

ISBN 9780367651725
Published March 29, 2021 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This book takes an intimate look at the lives of British migrants in Sitges, an affluent coastal tourist town in Northern Spain and investigates ideas of gender, sexuality, and national identity as they are brought to life through the voices of British lifestyle migrants.

Situating Sitges as a specifically affluent and "middle-class" location representing a particular form of "lifestyle migration," this rich and detailed study explores how the experiences of British migrants re-inscribe culturally specific understandings of the relationship between space, place, culture and identity. What ultimately emerges is an account of the complex structural constraints of identity, as British migrants find themselves stuck within the stereotype of badly-behaved Brits Abroad and entangled in highly conservative conceptualisations of gender and sexuality, that leave them unable to live the kind of cosmopolitan lifestyles that they so purposefully sought.

This is a fascinating study suitable for researchers in gender and sexuality studies, tourism, sociology, and anthropology.

Table of Contents


Chapter One Setting the Scene - Sitges and Cosmopolitanism

Chapter Two A history of tourism in Britain and Spain

Chapter Three Living Between Expectation and Reality

Chapter Four Sitges and Lifestyle Migration

Chapter Five Authenticity and Identity - becoming who you are in Sitges

Chapter Six Escaping from Ties that Bind and Other Contradictions

Chapter Seven Political Theories of Recognition

Chapter Eight The Revaluation of Homosexuality and the Cross-Gendered Paradigm

Chapter Nine The Heterosexual Matrix

Chapter Ten Women, Lesbians, and Authenticity – an extended interview

Chapter Eleven ‘Heterolesbianism’ and Pornography

Chapter Twelve Sitges Pride; a Case Study

Chapter Thirteen Heterolesbianism as Hypersexualisation


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Laura Dixon is a social anthropologist and the programme leader of Events Management at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Her research to date focuses on recognition, cosmopolitanism, gender, and sexuality amongst privileged British "lifestyle migrants" in the tourist town of Sitges, in Spain. She is currently working on exploring ideas of temporality and spatialisation in relation to Britons who have recently returned from Spain to the UK.