A fascinating ethnographic journey into migrant women's lives across two countries, Gender in Transnationalism highlights women's construction of 'home' between Morocco and Italy as a significant site whereby broader feelings and narratives of displacement and belonging can be grasped.
Salih investigates what Moroccan women's relations with their adopted country are and how their identities, conceptualisations of home and cultural practices are shaped by the transnational dimension of their lives.
This interdisciplinary book provides a gendered account of transnational migration, in the context of changing configurations in both the social sciences and people's lives, of notions of locality, identity, difference and citizenship, and by focusing on the 'lived experience' of Moroccan migrant women's transnationalism between Morocco and Italy. It will interest students and researchers of transnationalism, migration and gender.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Ambivalent Frontiers: Moroccan Women, Transnational Migration and Nation-States 3. Constructing Self and Home between Italy and Morocco 4. The Transnational Division of Ritual Space: Reformulating 'Tradition' and 'Modernity' 5. Migration, Islam and Modernities 6. Narrating the Self, Narrating the Other: Shifting Boundaries of Culture and Identity 7. (De)constructing Citizenship: Cultural Difference and Migrants' Rights in Italy 8. Conclusions
Ruba Salih is a social anthropologist and is currently a research fellow at the University of Bologna. She has published extensively on transnational migration, gender and Islam.