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Three women in a city: crossing borders and negotiating national belonging

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Pape, Elise; Takeda, Ayumi; Guhlich, Anna


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Abstract "The major theoretical literature has considered the concept of nation primarily from a macro level. This article explores the question of national belonging departing from an individual's point of view, more precisely from the life story of three migrant women. Migration and transnational practices have challenged the perception of the homogeneity of nations, questioning the idea of fixed boundaries, and showing how different national and social forms of belonging may develop simultaneously through migration experience. Drawing on biographical interviews conducted with three migrant women, Amina El Asri, Gule Yildiz and Zuzana Svitá, the present analysis focusses on the construction of national belonging of the women in an intersectional perspective. Mrs. El Asri, Mrs. Yildiz and Mrs. Svitá originate from different countries (respectively Morocco, Turkey and Czechia). They have different social origins and ages, but share the same sex, their residence in the same city in West Germany and the fact that they all have children. The analysis reveals the profound impact of the socio-historical contexts the women come from on their construction of national belonging, but also of age and of transmission processes to their children. It is mainly through passing on their mother tongue and reshaping their conception of national belonging over time that the women manage to establish strong ties to their children, and contribute, by articulating different lines of belonging, to the redefinition of (trans)nation building processes." (author's abstract)
Keywords migration; migrant; woman; nation; national identity; identity formation; group membership; gender-specific factors; intersectionality; family; generation; social background; commitment; Federal Republic of Germany; biography; biographical method
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 39-56
Journal Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung, 15 (2014) 1-2
Issue topic Socialization, family, and gender in the context of migration
ISSN 2196-2146
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications