The intelligentsia informed habitus in social distance strategies of Polish migrants in the UK

Smoczynski, Rafal, Fitzgerald, Ian and Zarycki, Tomasz (2017) The intelligentsia informed habitus in social distance strategies of Polish migrants in the UK. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40 (6). pp. 951-968. ISSN 0141-9870

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1216140

Abstract

Antagonism and conflict within newly resident UK Polish migrants has been typically related to labour market competition. Without denying the relevance of this argument, we argue that explanations of antagonism within the Polish community should also take into account the role of a Polish intelligentsia habitus. This habitus provides a repertoire of available discursive strategies used for interpreting antagonistic and “risk” situations both in Poland and among Poles abroad. It is argued that not only can this intelligentsia habitus critically legitimize intergroup inequalities in status and symbolic power but also may impact on the patterns of a migrant’s integration, linkage to social networks, access to different capital resources, and interactions with the indigenous population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish migrants, UK, intelligentsia, habitus, feudal legacy, conflicts among migrants
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 11:04
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 13:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27655

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