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Soviet SignorasPersonal and Collective Transformations in Eastern European Migration$
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Martina Cvajner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226662251

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226662428.001.0001

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A Room of One’s Own: Managing Spaces, Lives, and Laws in Residential Care Work

A Room of One’s Own: Managing Spaces, Lives, and Laws in Residential Care Work

(p.26) One A Room of One’s Own: Managing Spaces, Lives, and Laws in Residential Care Work
Soviet Signoras

Martina Cvajner

University of Chicago Press

This chapter charts the migratory “careers” of the women pioneers, through looking at the ways in which they secure personal and private space over which they have control. It takes the reader on an ethnographic journey of transformation, from the women’s arrival in Alpinetown and finding the first job, to creating spaces of sociality and support, to putting down roots in the city and looking toward family reunification. The precariousness of this trek, fraught with dangers such as dropping out of legal status once a visa expires or the death of an employer and sudden joblessness, makes carving out private space and an oasis of control an ever more pressing task. In short, starting from very similar conditions, the women eventually enter quite distinct trajectories or careers in social space, each accompanied by a different set of constraints, opportunities, expectations, and fellow travelers. Each of these careers constitutes an experiential environment that often shapes the women’s new Selves in increasingly divergent ways.

Keywords:   migration trajectories, arrival, employment, personal space, legality, Self

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