Gendered Margins

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Portugal experienced in the last decade the same shift from emigration to immigration country like the other Mediterranean EU-member states. This article looks at the partly gendered character of immigration in Portugal. Nowadays, many women migrate to Portugal alone, without their children, husbands or other family members; some of these women are the main breadwinners for their families in their home countries. On the basis of the experiences of ‘single’ immigrant women, I explore their daily life situation, paying special attention to the aspects of work and interpersonal relationships. After some years of immigration, a basic difference can be identified between women, who are main breadwinner, and those without this duty, regarding the evaluation of their migration and further perspectives they see.

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Hellermann, C., (2004) “Gendered Margins”, Ethnologia Europaea 34(1), p.17-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1156

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Christiane Hellermann (Universität Bremen)

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