Intimacy and Italian Migration: Gender and Domestic Lives in a Mobile World / Edition 3

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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 essays suggest why and how-across cultures-Italianness has come to be associated with a particular kind of femininity and supposedlydistinctive 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 loved-and left behind.

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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. -Dirk Hoerder From Mazzini the asexual republican leader to Rudolph Valentino, Latin lover incarnate, and from kitchens to bedrooms, Intimacy and Italian Migration re-questions the ways in which national identities are constructed-from abroad and from the home. This innovative collection of articles compares everything from the Italian mother in Australia, Ireland, and Germany,

". . . A solid collection of articles that break new ground. In contrast to traditional studies, this volume focuses on the translocal and transnational aspects of migration and places specific emphasis on how factors such as gender, questions of identity and the policies of nation-states affect, and are affected by, the everyday thoughts, decisions and life experiences of individuals."-Anthropological Forum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823231843
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Critical Studies in Italian America Series
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Loretta Baldassar is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. Donna R. Gabaccia is Director, Immigration History Research Center, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair of Immigration History Research at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Home, Family, and the Italian Nation in a Mobile World: The Domestic and the National among Italy's Migrants Loretta Baldassar Donna R. Gabaccia 1

The National in the Personal through Biography

The Marriage of Giorgina Craufurd and Aurelio Saffi: Mazzinian Nationalism and the Italian Home Ros Pesman 25

The Atlantic Valentino: The "Inimitable Lover" as Racialized and Gendered Italian Giorgio Bertellini 37

"George the Queer Danced the Hula": Mike Stabile, American Soldier in Hawaii Carol A. Stabile 49

Domesticating the Diaspora: Remembering the Life of Katie DeRorre Caroline Waldron Merithew 69

"Italian" Motherhood and Marriage through Oral Narratives

Calculating Babies: Changing Accounts of Fertility Decisions among Italians in Melbourne, Australia Pavla Miller 85

Mothering Contradictory Diasporas: Negotiation of Traditional Motherhood Roles among Italian Migrant Women in Ireland Carla De Tona 101

Love Crossing Borders: Changing Patterns of Courtship and Gender Relations among Italian Migrants in Germany Yvonne Rieker 113

Mothering across Boundaries: Immigrant Domestic Workers and Gender Roles in Italy Wendy Pojmann 127

Ethnographic Studies of Family, Community, and Nation

Between Public and Private: The Transnational Community of Sicilians in Monterey, California Carol Lynn Mckibben 143

State-Imposed Translocalism and the Dream of Returning: Italian Migrants in Switzerland Susanne Wessendorf 152

Obligation to People and Place: The National in Cultures of Caregiving Loretta Baldassar 171

Notes 189

List of Contributors 217

Index 221

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