North African Women in France

North African Women in France

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In recent decades more Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian women have immigrated to France than men, yet despite their increasing numbers first generation immigrant women are rarely the focus of research. In this sociological study, Caitlin Killian examines how Muslim women construct and manage their identities in the midst of a foreign culturea€”what they hold on to from their countries of origin and what they decide to embrace in France, why some immigrant women cope better with challenges in their new country than others, and how they raise children who will one day be French. She demonstrates that these women engage in selective acculturation and highlights their ability to resist labels that do not fit with their self perceptions. These findings point to the flexibility of personal identity, even among visible minorities whose self-identification choices were previously thought to be highly constrained.... or for festivals: aquot;The djellaba, kaftan, gondoura, thata#39;s Moroccan clothing, ita#39;s very pretty, very comfortable, but at home or a ceremony. ... During the week, we make the food from here.aquot; Aside from sometimes wearing Maghrebin clothing and cooking North African food, some participants also tried to feel more at home inanbsp;...

Title:North African Women in France
Author:Caitlin Killian
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2006


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