By Heather Merrill

In the Nineteen Eighties, Italy remodeled from a rustic of emigration to 1 of immigration. Italians are actually confronted day-by-day with the presence of migrants from all over the place Africa, elements of South and relevant the US, the center East, Asia, and jap Europe. whereas a lot cognizance has been paid to the impression on Italians, few reports have fascinated by the service provider of migrants themselves. In An Alliance of Women, Heather Merrill investigates how migrants and Italians fight over meanings and negotiate social and cultural identities.

Taking as a place to begin the Italian drawback over immigration within the early Nineties, Merrill examines grassroots interethnic spatial politics between girl migrants and Turin feminists in Northern Italy. utilizing wealthy ethnographic fabric, she lines the emergence of Alma Mater—an anti-racist association shaped to handle difficulties encountered by means of migrant girls. via this research, Merrill unearths the dynamics of an alliance inclusive of ladies from many nations of beginning and non secular and sophistication backgrounds.

Highlighting an interdisciplinary method of migration and the instability of staff identities in modern Italy, An Alliance of Women provides migrants grappling with spatialized limitations amid growing to be nativist and anti-immigrant sentiment in Western Europe.

Heather Merrill is assistant professor of geography and anthropology at Dickinson College.

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