London’s Polish Borders

Transnationalizing Class and Ethnicity among Polish Migrants in London

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London’s Polish Borders
Transnationalizing Class and Ethnicity among Polish Migrants in London

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About the book


The figure of the Polish plumber or builder has long been a well-established icon of the British national imagination, uncovering the UK's collective unease with immigration from Central and Eastern Europe. But despite the powerful impact the UK's second largest language group has had on their host country's culture and populist politics, very little is known about its members. This painstakingly researched book offers a wide perspective on Polish migrants in the UK, taking into account the interactions between Poles and British society through discursive actions, policies, family connections, transnational networks, and political engagement of the diaspora. Borne out of a decade of ethnographic studies among various communities of Polish nationals living in London, Micha? P. Garapich documents the changes that affect both Polish migrants and British society. Arguing that neither group can be fully understood in isolation, it explores the complexity of Polish ethnicity and offers an insight into the inner tensions and struggles within what the public and scholars often assume to be a uniform and homogeneous category. From Polish financial sector workers to the Polish homeless population, this groundbreaking book offers an ethnographic, street-level account of cultural and social determinants of Polish migration and how Polish migrants redefine and reconstruct their understanding of class and ethnicity on a daily basis.
The author

About the author

Michał P. Garapich is a social anthropologist and senior lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Roehampton.


“In this important and rich monograph, Michał P. Garapich shows there are two major paradigms of interpretation in which we can conceptualise Polish presence in London: First, ethnic identity, second, deep class divisions. In consequence, this unity and diversity, fission and fusion creates a situation in which various groups recognise unity of language and identity but are aware of deep social dissonances and make sense of them. Garapich merges the two paradigms and the result is what anthropology does best—bringing alive the complexity of human life and richness of the web of meanings we produce.”

Professor Michał Buchowski

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań; European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Michal Garapich
Number of pages 344
Language English
Publication date Jul 1, 2016
Weight (kg) 0.5000
ISBN-13 9783838206073