The influx of female migrants to Europe has posed challenges to established European feminist movements. In this book the author assesses the significance of female immigration to Italy and its impact on Italian feminism by analyzing the way in which immigrant and Italian women have constructed their relationships over the past 30 years. The book provides comprehensive overviews of the Italian women's movement and the history of immigration to Italy before examining the formation of immigrant women's groups, the treatment of immigrant women by Italian women's associations, and the forging of new relationships in multicultural women's organizations. Broader comparisons on European migration are made to contextualize immigration to Italy and Southern Europe more generally. By drawing from a variety of research materials such as structured interviews, participant observation and empirical data, the book contributes to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, migration and contemporary Italian history. The book is of interest for scholars and postgraduates in the fields of women and gender studies, migration studies and contemporary European history.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: extracomunitaria; Migration and gender in Italy; Italian women's associations; Migrant women's self-organizing; Native and migrant women's organizing; Migrant women and international organizing; Conclusion: final remarks; Bibliography; Index.
Wendy Pojmann is an Assistant Professor of History at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, USA. She has taught history, women's studies, and humanities courses at Franklin College in Switzerland, the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Dr Pojmann has published articles on women's associations in history and women's studies journals. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Dr Pojmann is associate producer of the award-winning documentary series 'The Burning Sands'.