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Soviet Signoras: Personal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration

Martina Cvajner


What happens when a number of middle-aged, educated women – most of them mothers or grandmothers – see the last remnants of their previous professional and family lives destroyed by the umpteenth sudden geopolitical crisis? When they migrate alone – outside of any official recruitment program, without relying on any network of already settled relatives – to an area with no previous history of immigration from their lands? When the only job open to them – live-in care work for elderly people – is one they feel is deeply degrading? While migration studies represent a vast field, we know little a ... More

Keywords: international migration, gender, Eastern Europe, migrant pioneers, sexuality, immigrant associations, intimacy, post Soviet migration, hyperfemininity, care work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226662251
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226662428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martina Cvajner, author
University of Trento