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Genders and Sexualities in History

Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution

Perceptions and Participation in Northwest Europe

Authors: Shield, Andrew DJ

  • Historicizes current European debates about the sexual politics of immigrants from Muslim-majority regions
  • Explores the centrality of sexual politics to European debates about immigration and integration
  • Challenges dominant theories linking immigration to sexual conservatism and misogynistic behaviour
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About this book

This book focuses on the latter half of the twentieth century, when much of northwest Europe grew increasingly multicultural with the arrival of foreign workers and (post-)colonial migrants, whilst simultaneously experiencing a boom in feminist and sexual liberation activism. Using multilingual newspapers, foreign worker organizations’ archives, and interviews, this book shows that immigrants in the Netherlands and Denmark held a variety of viewpoints about European gender and sexual cultures. Some immigrants felt solidarity with, and even participated in, European social movements that changed norms and laws in favor of women’s equality, gay and lesbian rights, and sexual liberation. These histories challenge today’s politicians and journalists who strategically link immigration to sexual conservatism, misogyny, and homophobia.

About the authors

Andrew DJ Shield is Fellow and Lecturer at Roskilde University, Denmark, where he focuses on the intersections of immigration, race, gender, sexuality, and media in Europe. He lives and bikes in Copenhagen.

Reviews

“Shield’s timely and hugely important work takes fresh perspectives on immigration to Northwest Europe from Turkey, Morocco and Pakistan in particular. Rather than seeing a homogenised threat or groups of passive victims, he shows how immigrants have responded to changing cultures of gender and sexuality in multiple ways. The book does something genuinely new and comes as a nuanced and carefully argued counter to the poisonous rhetoric of right-wing nationalists in Europe and beyond.” (Matt Cook, University of London, UK)

“This is a remarkable book. With a multitude of sources, Shield welds together the history of late twentieth-century immigration to Denmark and the Netherlands and presents it from the immigrants’ viewpoint. An astute scholarly work, which effectively refutes some of the most common xenophobic and populist claims of our time, the book has relevance for how we understand cross-cultural experiences everywhere.” (Jens Rydström, Lund University, Sweden)

“This book explores how western European societies accommodated diversity according to gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality. It convincingly shows how collective amnesia dominates current debates. We tend to forget how solidarity and social cohesion were constructed in past decades. This is a must-read for journalists, policy makers and academics.” (Marlou Schrover, Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Buy this book

eBook 71,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49613-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 88,39 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49612-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution
Book Subtitle
Perceptions and Participation in Northwest Europe
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49613-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49613-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49612-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 287
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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