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Discordant lifestyle mobilities in East Asia: privilege and precarity of British retirement in Thailand

Botterill, Kate

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Kate Botterill



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This paper explores the lifestyle mobilities of British retirees in Thailand, drawing on empirical research conducted in 2012. Thailand is a host to a significant number of British retirees motivated by a search for a better lifestyle in Asia. This pursuit of mobility for lifestyle reasons, rather than economic gain or work, implies a relative privilege involving a range of choices and opportunities. For many, the lifestyle achieved in Thailand is perceived as mediating negative effects of ageing and enhancing well-being. However, the material challenges of lifestyle mobility in Thailand, such as frozen pensions, healthcare costs and property insecurity, destabilise an initial optimism and lead to feelings of entrapment and immobility in relation to state policy and practice. The paper argues for a relational framing of lifestyle mobility as a means of understanding and analysing the differential experience of privilege and precarity in semi-colonial or post-colonial locations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 3, 2015
Online Publication Date Jan 19, 2016
Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Mar 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jan 20, 2018
Journal Population, Space and Place
Print ISSN 1544-8444
Electronic ISSN 1544-8452
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 5
Pages e2011
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2011
Keywords lifestyle mobilities; retirement migration; precarity;relationality;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/9629
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/psp.2011
Contract Date Jul 27, 2016

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Botterill, K. (2016) Discordant Lifestyle Mobilities in East Asia: Privilege and Precarity of British Retirement in Thailand. Popul. Space Place, doi: 10.1002/psp.2011., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/psp.2011. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving









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