Widows in White: Migration and the Transformation of Rural Women,Sicily,1880-1928

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The transnational migrations of the early twentieth century had a profound impact on the lives of many people, but none more so than those who were left behind. In this lively interdisciplinary study, Linda Reeder examines the lives of rural Sicilian women and the changes that took place as a result of male migration to the United States.

Tracing the changing notions of female and male in rural Sicily, Reeder uses a wide variety of primary sources, including birth and death ...

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Overview

The transnational migrations of the early twentieth century had a profound impact on the lives of many people, but none more so than those who were left behind. In this lively interdisciplinary study, Linda Reeder examines the lives of rural Sicilian women and the changes that took place as a result of male migration to the United States.

Tracing the changing notions of female and male in rural Sicily, Reeder uses a wide variety of primary sources, including birth and death records, government records, novels, and newspapers, to explore the impact of industrialization on motherhood, family, wage-work, and female civic identity, and show how the processes of migration, globalization, and nation formation are deeply gendered. Grounded in empirical evidence, Reeder uses the methods and theories of social history, women's history, anthropology, and cultural studies in order to understand how migration altered women's identities. The choices these women made regarding family, work, schooling, and material wealth redefined the boundaries of community and nation, and helped them to claim a central place in the rapidly expanding global market.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802085252
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 12/30/2002
  • Series: Studies in Gender and History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Reeder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri - Columbia.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Women of the South 3
Pt. I Rural Women and Transnational Migration
Ch. 1 Blood, Honour, and Belonging: The World of Rural Sicilians 19
Ch. 2 'Gone to America': Migrating Men and Abandoned Women 55
Ch. 3 Motherhood, Marriage, and Migration 103
Ch. 4 Fulfilling the Dream: Houses, Land, and Work 142
Pt. II Shifting Borders, Shifting Identities
Ch. 5 Sicilian Women and the Italian State 171
Ch.6 Beyond Sutera: Sicilian Women Join the Nation 202
Conclusion: Gender, Migration, and Globalization 233
Notes 241
Bibliography 299
Index 317
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