Moving Lives: Narratives of Nation and Migration among Europeans in Post-War Britain . By Kathy Burrell. Histories and Memories: Migrants and Their History in Britain . Edited by Kathy Burrell and Panikos Panayi.
AbstractMoving Lives: Narratives of Nation and Migration among Europeans in Post-War Britain. By Kathy Burrell. Ashgate, Aldershot, 2006. vii Ã¾ 212 pp. ISBN 0-7546-4574-6, Â£50. Histories and Memories: Migrants and Their History in Britain. Edited by Kathy Burrell and Panikos Panayi. Tauris Academic Studies, London, 2006. xi Ã¾ 311 pp. ISBN 1-84511-042-0, Â£49.50. Kathy Burrellâs Moving Lives and the collection of essays in Histories and Memories edited by herself and Panikos Panayi are two of the most concise responses to the latterâs remark a few years earlier that âthere is enormous scope for historians to use oral history for the study of immigrants in post-war Britainâ (Panayi, The Impact of immigration: a documentary history of the effects and experiences of immigrants in Britain since 1945, 1999, p. 32). Both books employ oral history methods to understand migrant experiences as the processes of both emigration and immigration, incorporated in narratives and memories of âhomeâ, national identities and belonging. Based on interviews she conducted with Polish, Italian and GreekâCypriot migrant populations in Leicester, Burrellâs analysis in Moving Lives is structured around her respondentsâ narratives of migration, of their national identities, transnational networks and community life. Through these four themes, emphasis