Accepted Paper:

Leisure and locality in the lives of Polish labour migrants to the Netherlands  


Esther Peperkamp (International University of Applied Sciences Breda)

Paper long abstract:

In modern society, where mobility is a permanent condition, attachment to and familiarity with places ceases to be self-evident. Instead, locality becomes a fragile social achievement.

This paper looks at the lives of Polish labour migrants to the Netherlands to investigate how locality is produced or achieved. The paper will focus in particular on migrants' leisure activities. It is my assumption that (outdoor) leisure activities, necessarily involving interaction with places and people, carry a lot of potential in acquiring familiarity with and a sense of locality, perhaps even providing labour migrants with a sense of home.

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