Gendering Migration: Masculinity, Femininity and Ethnicity in Postwar Britain

Webster, Wendy and Ryan, Louise (2008) Gendering Migration: Masculinity, Femininity and Ethnicity in Postwar Britain. Studies in Migration and Diaspora . Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot. ISBN 978-0-7546-7178-7

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Gendering Migration demonstrates the significance of studying migration through the lens of gender and ethnicity and the contribution this perspective makes to migration histories. Through a consideration of the impact of migration on men and masculine identities as well as women and feminine identities, it extends our understanding of questions of gender and migration, focusing on the history of migration to Britain after the Second World War.

The volume draws on oral narratives as well as documentary and archival research to demonstrate the important role played by gender and ethnicity, both in ideas and images of migrants and in migrants' own experiences. The contributors consider a range of migrant and refugee groups who came to Britain in the twentieth century: Caribbean, East-African Asian, German, Greek, Irish, Kurdish, Pakistani, Polish and Spanish. The fresh interpretations offered here make this an important new book for scholars and students of migration, ethnicity, gender and modern British history.

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