Gender and Migration in Southern Europe: Women on the Move

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The important role women play in the process of migration to the Western bloc — and in particular to Southern Europe where they often find jobs in the domestic service, tourist or sex industries — has been increasingly recognized. This timely book provides essential new insights into the forms of migration and the impact of gender relations on the migration and accommodation process, and also raises general conceptual issues about ways of understanding migration in a global context. At a time when all the member ...

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Overview

The important role women play in the process of migration to the Western bloc — and in particular to Southern Europe where they often find jobs in the domestic service, tourist or sex industries — has been increasingly recognized. This timely book provides essential new insights into the forms of migration and the impact of gender relations on the migration and accommodation process, and also raises general conceptual issues about ways of understanding migration in a global context. At a time when all the member states of the European Union have called for a reduction in immigration in response to its steady growth, the urgency of the topic is apparent. Contributors examine the possible legal, social and economic problems that increased immigration may produce, including: female migration and its relation to changing gender relations in the country of migration; different forms of exclusion faced by male and female migrants; working conditions and status; migrant networks; and women's role in reproducing and maintaining ethnic culture.

This book will be essential reading for courses in migration, nationalism, Mediterranean and area studies, gender studies and a range of social science courses. It will also be of use to policy makers and those interested in European developments.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The collection contains much important quantitative and qualitative data, and some courageous analyses." —TLS

"The contributions to this book provide detailed and interesting case-study accounts and as such provide a useful addition to a limited literature on gender and migration." —Ethnic and Racial Studies

"An important contribution to the sociology of migration." —South European Society and Politics

"This book is a welcome contribution to the literature on migrant women in Southern Europe, and, more generally, to the so-called "new immigration" to Southern Europe...This is valuable reading to anyone interested in immigration to Southern Europe, migrant domestic workers or the Filipino diaspora. This broad documentation of migrant women's experiences in an intriguing region of the migratory world map is most welcome, regardless of the labels applied to it." —Asian and Pacific Migration Jourbanal

Bridget Anderson
One of the great merits of Gender and Migration in Southern Europe is that it is unafraid of dealing with differences between women, both as citizens and non-citizens, and as members of migrant communities with different immigration statuses and histories, and different racial identities...the collection contains much important quantitative and qualitative data, and some courageous analyses.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859732366
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Series: Mediterranea Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
1 Introduction: Women on the Move in Southern Europe 1
2 Metaphors of Home: Gendering New Migrations to southern Europe 15
3 Filipino and Albanian Women Migrant Workers in Greece: Multiple Layers of Oppression 49
4 The Making of Periphractic Spaces: The Case of Albanian Undocumented Female Migrants in the Sex Industry of Athens 81
5 Female Migrants in Italy: Coping in a Country of New Migration 103
6 Migrant Women in Italy: National Trends and Local Perspectives 125
7 Organizing Domestic Workers in Italy: The Challenge of Gender, Class and Ethnicity 145
8 Female Birds of Passage: Leaving and Settling in Spain 173
9 The Position and Status of Migrant Women in Spain 199
10 Trading Intimacy for Liberty: British Women on the Costa del Sol 227
Index 249
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