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Gender and Migration in Historical Perspective. Institutions, Labour and Social Networks, 16th to 20th Centuries

Beatrice Zucca Micheletto (ed.)
Palgrave Macmillan Cham, 2022 [ISBN: 978-3-030-99553-9, eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-99554-6 p. XXII, 534]
Type: New Publications


This edited collection focuses on migrant women and their families, aiming to study their migration patterns in a historical and gendered perspective from early modernity to contemporary times, and to reassess the role and the nature of their commitment in migration dynamics. It develops an incisive dialogue between migration studies and gender studies. Migrant women, men and their families are studied through three different but interconnected and overlapping standpoints that have been identified as crucial for a gender approach: institutions and law, labour and the household economy, and social networks. The book also promotes the potential of an inclusive approach, tackling various types of migration (domestic and temporary movements, long-distance and international migration, temporary/seasonal mobility) and arguing that different migration phenomena can be observed and understood by posing common questions to different contexts. Migration patterns are shown to be multifaceted and stratified phenomena, resulting from a range of entangled economic, cultural and social factors. This book will be of interest to academics and students of economic history, as well as those working in gender studies and migration studies.


Table of contents

Gender and Migration: A Historical and Inclusive Perspective, Beatrice Zucca Micheletto

Institutions, Law and Identity

Tracing Migrations Within Urban Spaces: Women’s Mobility and Identification Practices in Venice (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries), Teresa Bernardi

Filling the Gap, Making a Profession: Midwives, State Control and Medical Care in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Wallachia, Nicoleta Roman

Foreign Nannies and Maids: A Historical Perspective on Female Immigration and Domestic Work in Italy (1960–1970), Alessandra Gissi

Labour and Household Economy

Skills, Training, and Kinship Networks: Women as Economic Migrants in London’s Livery Companies, c. 1600–1800, Sarah Birt

Women’s Labour Migration and Serfdom in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries), Mateusz Wyżga

Staying or Leaving: A Female Seasonal Labour Market in Early Modern Spain (1640–1690), Gabriel Jover-Avellà, Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora

Words at Work, Words on the Move: Textual Production of Migrant Women from Early Modern Prague Between Discourses and Practices (1570–1620), Veronika Čapská

Migration, Marriage and Integration: Town Court Records and Imprints of Women Artisan Migrants in Sweden c. 1590‒1640, Maija Ojala-Fulwood

Migration and the Household Economy of the Poor in Catalonia, c.1762–1803, Montserrat Carbonell-Esteller, Julie Marfany, Joana Maria Pujadas-Mora

French Migrant Women as Educators in Napoleonic Northern Italy (1804–1814), Elisa Baccini

Transnational Migration in Wallachia during the 1830s: A Difficult Road from Broader Themes to Micro-History, Bogdan Mateescu

Social Networks: Kinship and Community Ties

Family, Care and Migration: Gendered Paths from the Mediterranean Italian Mountains to Northern Europe in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, Manuela Martini

Migrant Brick- and Tile-Makers from the Island of Kythnos in Athens During the First Half of the Twentieth Century: A Gendered Perspective, Michalis A. Bardanis

“Women Were Always There…”: Caribbean Immigrant Women, Mutual Aid Societies, and Benevolent Associations in the Early Twentieth Century, Tyesha Maddox

Conclusion: Engendering the History of Migration, Beatrice Zucca Micheletto