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

Loretta Virginia Baldassar, Donna R Gabaccia

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    Abstract

    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 essays suggest why and howa??across culturesa??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 previous works 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 loveda??and left behind.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBronx, NY
    PublisherFordham University Press
    Number of pages196
    ISBN (Print)9780823231850
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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