Palgrave Studies in Migration History
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Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland

Authors: Falk, Francesca

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  • Aims to overcome the often unproductive splitting apart of different forms of mobility that so far have rarely been analysed together
  • Illuminates the link between migration and socio-political innovation
  • Uses a historical perspective to recognize how social and political developments are shaped by migration
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This open access book analyses migration and its relation to socio-political transformation in Switzerland. It addresses how migration has made new forms of life possible and shows how this process generated gender innovation in different fields: the changing division of work, the establishment of a nursery infrastructure, access to higher education for women, and the struggle for female suffrage. Seeing society through the lens of migration alters the perspective from which our past and thus our present is told—and our future imagined.

About the authors

Francesca Falk is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Reviews

“This highly informative book provides several precisely analysed historical situations highlighting migration’s crucial role for emancipatory change and hence socio-political innovation. Finally, a so far hidden perspective is being made visible and contributes a highly compelling piece for rewriting Switzerland’s history.” (Julia Nentwich, Research Institute for Organisational Psychology, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)

“Francesca Falk's migrantisation of the history of gender equality in Switzerland proposes a necessary retouching of the country’s positive national self-image. Migration was a key factor driving innovation. It was migrant women who fought for early access to Swiss universities. It was Swiss women with experience of migration who shattered the perception of Switzerland as a pioneer of democracy and who were engaged on behalf of women's suffrage with special verve. It was working Italian women in particular who, through their wage-work in the 1950s, created the conditions for the expansion of childcare infrastructure, while their Italian husbands took over household chores, anticipating the models for reconciling family and professional work that are advocated today.” (Elisabeth Joris, Historian, Zurich, Switzerland)

“Falk convincingly shows how women with experiences of migration helped to develop and shape political and social life in Switzerland. Instead of sidelining issues of migration and gender, as is done so often, this book teaches us that these perspectives must be central to any substantial narration of Swiss history.” (Patricia Purtschert, Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Falk, Francesca

    Pages 1-14

  • Conceptual Clarifications

    Falk, Francesca

    Pages 15-26

  • Changing Gendered Divisions of Work

    Falk, Francesca

    Pages 27-37

  • Nurseries

    Falk, Francesca

    Pages 39-55

  • Higher Education

    Falk, Francesca

    Pages 57-68

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01626-5
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01625-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Migration History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01626-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01626-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01625-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 96
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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