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


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 howaacross culturesa Italianness has come to be associated with a particular kind of femininity and supposedly distinctive 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 lovedaand left behind.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Loretta Baldassar
  • Donna R. Gabaccia
  • Ros Pesman
  • Giorgio Bertellini
  • Carol A. Stabile
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2011


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