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Mobile work, veterinary subjectivity and Brexit: veterinary surgeons' migration to the United Kingdom

Enticott, Gareth ORCID: 2019. Mobile work, veterinary subjectivity and Brexit: veterinary surgeons' migration to the United Kingdom. Sociologia Ruralis 59 (4) , pp. 718-738. 10.1111/soru.12239

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paper extends studies of ‘global work’ by considering the mobility of veterinary surgeons in the global countryside. The paper develops the concept of ‘disease ecology’: an assemblage of heterogenous actors and relations that inscribe and normalise mobility within professional subjectivities. Disruptions to these disease ecologies can contribute to new patterns of mobility. Drawing on biographical narrative interviews with 35 vets who have migrated to the United Kingdom to work, the paper shows how veterinary mobility is shaped by and emerges in response to these disease ecologies. Specifically, the paper describes how four narratives – ‘the first job’, ‘escape and adventure’, ‘the lucky break’ and ‘staying mobilities’ – contribute to veterinary migration to the UK, and how the lived experiences of work and inscriptions of mobile veterinary subjectivities within disease ecologies lead vets to stay in the UK. However, the paper also considers the role of Brexit in disrupting established disease ecologies and creating new patterns of veterinary mobilities. In identifying how Brexit challenges vets’ sense of place, the paper concludes by exploring Brexit's potential impact to the future of veterinary services in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0038-0199
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 20 March 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 02:41

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