Daughters of the diaspora: using autoethnography to interrogate impositions of cultural conformity

Rose Marie Wake, Jane Southcott, Maria Gindidis

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In this collaborative autoethnography, I (Rose) discuss my personal experience with cultural transmission as cultural conformity. As a cultural hybrid and a daughter of a southern Italian proxy bride I share my narratives with a daughter of a Greek proxy bride (Maria). We find confluences in our experiences and understandings that suggest we are Daughters of the Diaspora. We may not be unique. Using a shared autoethnographical approach between ourselves and a collaborator (Jane), we construct and critique vignettes that capture and interrogate our understandings. This study offers a potential model for further inquiry by women who are daughters of migrant parents and who may have had similar experiences of the impositions of cultural conformity. This study is situated in Australia, but as global citizens, it behoves us in terms of social inclusion and social equity to recognise who our people are, the different way which people came to new countries and how that impacts the generations that follow them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1621-1636
Number of pages16
JournalThe Qualitative Report
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024


  • autoethnography
  • cultural identity
  • daughters of proxy brides
  • diaspora

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