Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World by Loretta BaldassarIntimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World by Loretta Baldassar

Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World

EditorLoretta Baldassar, Donna R. Gabaccia

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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This provocative collection of essays adds a new dimension to our understanding of nation-building through its examination of the role of intimate cultural processes. First, by exploring the private lives of migrants from Italy through biography, oral history, and ethnography, these essayssuggest why and how - across cultures - Italianness has come to be associated with a particular kind of femininity and supposedly distinctive elements of domestic life symbolized by long-held stereotypes of the Italian mother. On a larger scale, while the editors and contributors share with previousworks on the Italian diaspora a keen interest in the imagining of nations across national borders, here they refocus our attention to the significance of the domestic, particularly the lives of individual men and women, their families, and the communities they loved - and left behind.
Loretta Baldassar is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. Donna R. Gabaccia is Director of the Immigration History Research Center and Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History Research at the University of Minnesota.
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Title:Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:245 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.07 inPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823231852

ISBN - 13:9780823231850

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From Italy as nation some 26 million migrant men and womenleft since 1870 to create in gendered lives many Italies acrossthe globe. The paradigmatic essays in this volume analyze how they, with their children and grandchildren, defined translocal and transcultural intimate spheres and redefined processual belongings in highly personal and often contested family arenas. The authors offer fascinating perspectives on the lifetime trajectories of women and men in local-global-national communities. No future research on nations and societies may do less than this path-breaking synthesis edited by the top scholars in the field."