Women,Gender,and Transnational Lives: Italian Women Around the World

Women,Gender,and Transnational Lives: Italian Women Around the World

by Donna R Gabaccia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802084621

ISBN-13: 9780802084620

Pub. Date: 12/30/2002

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Scholars in the United States have long defined the Italian immigrant woman as silent and submissive; a woman who stays 'in the shadows'. In this transnational analysis of women and gender in Italy's world-wide migration, Franca Iacovetta and Donna Gabaccia use international and internationalist perspectives, feminist labour history, women's history, and Italian

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Scholars in the United States have long defined the Italian immigrant woman as silent and submissive; a woman who stays 'in the shadows'. In this transnational analysis of women and gender in Italy's world-wide migration, Franca Iacovetta and Donna Gabaccia use international and internationalist perspectives, feminist labour history, women's history, and Italian migration history to provide a woman-centred, gendered analysis of Italian workers, and by so doing, challenge this stereotype.

Comparing the lives of women in Italy, Belgium, the USA, Canada, Argentina, and Australia, Iacovetta and Gabaccia offer a realistic and engaging portrait of women as peasants and workers, and uncover the voice of female militants. Most importantly, by using a comparative approach to the study of women's migration over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, they treat both women who stayed home during male migration, and the work and activism of those who moved. By pursuing this comparative method, they show how Italian women could become Communist militants, union organizers, or anti-fascist radical exiles in some countries while seeming to disappear into stereotypes in others. Ground-breaking and original, this erudite collection of thirteen essays will bring a fascinating new perspective to women's studies and migration history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802084620
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:
416
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction3
Pt. IWhen Men Go Away: Women Who Wait and Work
1When the Men Left Sutera: Sicilian Women and Mass Migration, 1880-192045
2Gender Relations and Migration Strategies in the Rural Italian South: Land, Inheritance, and the Marriage Market76
3Bourgeois Men, Peasant Women: Rethinking Domestic Work and Morality in Italy76
Pt. IIFemale Immigrants at Work
4Women Were Labour Migrants Too: Tracing Late-Nineteenth-Century Female Migration from Northern Italy to France133
5Gender, Domestic Values, and Italian Working Women in Milwaukee: Immigrant Midwives and Businesswomen160
Pt. IIIFighting Back: Militants, Radicals, Exiles
6Italians in Buenos Aires's Anarchist Movement: Gender Ideology and Women's Participation, 1890-1910189
7Anarchist Motherhood: Toward the Making of a Revolutionary Proletariat in Illinois Coal Towns217
8Italian Women's Proletarian Feminism in the New York City Garment Trades, 1890s-1940s247
9Virgilia D'Andrea: The Politics of Protest and the Poetry of Exile299
10Nestore's Wife? Work, Family, and Militancy in Belgium327
Pt. IVAs We See Ourselves, As Others See Us
11Glimpses of Lives in Canada's Shadow: Insiders, Outsiders, and Female Activism in the Fascist Era349
12Italian Women and Work in Post-Second World War Australia: Representation and Experience386
Contributors411
Illustration Credits415
Index417

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