Living on the Move: Mobility, Religion and Exclusion of Eastern European Migrants in Rural Scotland
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Population, Space and Place
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 615–627, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Shubin, S. (2012), Living on the Move: Mobility, Religion and Exclusion of Eastern European Migrants in Rural Scotland. Popul. Space Place, 18: 615–627. doi: 10.1002/psp.696
- Issue published online: 24 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 9 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 24 DEC 2010
The paper explores theoretical and practical issues related to spiritual mobility and engagement with Eastern European migrants in rural Scotland. Emerging mobile lifestyles create different patterns of living ‘on the move’, but the church and other rural institutions in Scotland often fail to attend to migrants' affective relationships with existing immigrant communities, unpredictable travelling behaviour, and cross-border spiritual links. For this gap to be addressed, the paper develops a complex understanding of migrants living on the move. It suggests adding a spiritual element to the analysis of transnational mobilities and explores the ways in which constellations of mobility and religion generate more-than-corporeal dislocations (faith-based sensations), generate virtual movement (beyond rationality to the outside of knowing), and create new imaginations of the migrants' place in the world. It argues that the spiritual can be seen as an important factor in producing new social worlds and overcoming the separations and division created by migrations. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.