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Da una sponda all'altra del Mediterraneo: percorsi migratori femminili

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
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  • Sps/10 Sociologia Dell'Ambiente E Del Territorio
  • Religious Science


Until the end of the 1970s international migrants were perceived and analysed mainly within the frame of their lives in the host country, or as managing their lives and choices caught in a dilemma “between two cultures”. More recently, this approach has been challenged by an image of diasporic communities composed of individuals who “have collective homes away from home”. Migrants have become icons of hybridity and the metaphor of “border crossing”, the symbol of liberatory articulations between place, culture and identity. Migrants, it is also argued, have become transnational as they manage to live simultaneously in two countries. The research has the aim to study the migration process of the women who come from North Africa to Bologna. In particular, it investigates migrant women‘s relations with their adopted country and how their cultural practices are shaped by the transnational dimension of their lives. It was studied the journey of the migrant women’s lives across two countries and how their identities are going to change because of the experience of the migration. Migrant women are engaged in various kinds of practices and experiences through which they connect their country of origin and of residence. So this research focuses on the changes in the migrant women’s lives and the construction of their new identity. In particular, the research illustrates the development of a new notion of modernity, underlining how the migrant women construct a model of modernity that expresses a constant negotiation among diverse cultural models. The notion of modernity is not produced in opposition to tradition and religion, but is articulated with them in complex and diverse ways. The multiple ways in which migrant women understand modernity reflect their divergent identity’s renegotiation processes within the new society where they live.

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