Migrant Women in Belgium : Identity versus Feminism

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Feminism and Migration

Nouria Ouali, “Migrant Women in Belgium : Identity versus Feminism” in Glenda Tibe Bonifacio (Ed.) Feminism and Migration : Cross-cultural Engagements, Springer, New York, February 2012, pp. 101-121. ISBN : 978-94-007-2830-1.

- Feminism and Migration : Cross-Cultural Engagements is a rich, original, and diverse collection on the intersections of feminism and migration in western and non-western contexts. This book explores the question : does migration empower women ? Through wide-ranging topics on theorizing feminism in migration, contesting identities and agency, resistance and social justice, and religion for change, well-known and emerging scholars provide in-depth analysis of how social, cultural, political, and economic forces shape new modalities and perspectives among women upon migration. It highlights the centrality of the various meanings and interpretations of feminism(s) in the lives of immigrant and migrant women in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Eastern Europe, France, Greece, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Spain, and the United States. The well-researched chapters explore the ways in which feminism and migration across cultures relate to women’s experiences in host societies --- as women, wives, mothers, exiles, nuns, and workers---and the avenues of interactions for change. Cross-cultural engagements point to the convergence and even disjunctures between (im)migrant and non-immigrant women that remain unrecognized in contemporary mainstream discourses on migration and feminism.

- List of Contributors.- Chapter 1 : Introduction : Glenda Tibe Bonifacio.- Part 1 : Theorizing Feminisms in Migration.- Chapter 2 : Intersectional-Gender and the Locationality of Women “in Transit” : MariaCaterina La Barbera.- Chapter 3 : Synergies between Feminist Thought and Migration Studies in Mexico (1975-2010) : Gail Mummert.- Chapter 4 : Fragmented Migrant (Her)stories : Multi-sited Ethnography and Feminist Migration Research : Luna Vives.- Part 11 : Contesting Identities and Agency.- Chapter 5 : Japanese Single Mothers in Australia : Negotiation with Patriarchal Ideology and Stigma in the Homeland : Jun Nagatomo.- Chapter 6 : Migrant Women in Belgium : Identity versus Feminism : Nouria Ouali.- Chapter 7 : Transgression into ‘Hidden’ Feminism : Immigrant Muslim Woman from India : Shweta Singh.- Chapter 8 : Encountering Differences : Iranian Immigrant Women in Australia : Maryam Jamarani.- Chapter 9 : Transnational Experiences of Eastern European Women and Feminist Practices after 1989 : Cezara Crisan.- Part III : Resistance and Social Justice.- Chapter 10 : Transnational Working Class Women’s Activism in New York’s Confederated Hispanic Societies (1939-1977) : Montse Feu.- Chapter 11 : (Im)migrant Women’s Work in France and Brazil : Towards Social Recognition and Social Justice : Maria Inancia D’Avila Neto, Annick Durand-Delvigne and Juliana Nazareth.- Chapter 12 : Building Alliances : Greek and Migrant Women in Anti-Racist Movements in Athens : Alexandra Zavos.- Chapter 13 : Feminist Desires, Multi-culturalist Dilemmas : Migrant Women’s Self-Organizing in Milan : Laura Menin.- Part IV : Religion for Change.- Chapter 14 : ‘Sister Agnes was to go to Ghana !’ Catholic Nuns and Migration : Katharina Stornig.- Chapter 15 : Exploring the Activism of Immigrant Muslim Women in Chicago : Continued Frontiers of Engagement : Jackleen M. Salem.

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