Responding to Brexit through a song: “this country”, professional sport, seamless boarders and working in Europe

Douglas, Kitrina (2019) Responding to Brexit through a song: “this country”, professional sport, seamless boarders and working in Europe. International Review of Qualitative Research, 12 (1). pp. 94-104. ISSN 1940-8447

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Abstract

As a European citizen I have enjoyed great freedom working and travelling across the European Union since I was in my early 20s. During this time I have made strong, lasting friendships with many people but not least in France, Sweden, and Portugal. Following the ‘Brexit’ referendum, many of these friends asked, ‘Why leave?’ ‘What is happening to the UK?’ I had no answers and also found it difficult to convey in words the mixture of sadness, disappointment, disillusion, anger, and frustration that I felt. Qualitative researchers are often drawn to arts-based methodologies when words fail us. Here, I draw on a song to help communicate a complex and emotional landscape which includes how a refugee crisis, an influx of asylum seekers, and immigration conflicts in 2015 seemed to create a groundswell of fear and contribute to a ‘leave’ vote being registered by 51.9% of those who completed the ballot form.

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Additional Information: Published as Responding to Brexit Through a Song ‘This Country’, Professional Sport, Seamless Boarders, and Working in Europe. Kitrina Douglas International Review of Qualitative Research, Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2019; (pp. 94-104) DOI: 10.1525/irqr.2019.12.1.94. © 2019 by International Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted byInternational Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Other Education
Subjects: Psychology
Social sciences
Depositing User: Kevin Sanders
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 11:40
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 14:48
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6694

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