Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration and Feminist Psychology by Oliva M. Espín, A. Dottolo

By Oliva M. Espín, A. Dottolo

This e-book brings a mental point of view to the usually missed and understudied subject of women's reviews of migration, overlaying subject matters equivalent to reminiscence, position, language, race, social classification, paintings, violence, motherhood, and intergenerational influence of migration.

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My trip to Cuba made me realize that for years I had felt as if my memories had no geography. It made me realize that what I remembered had actually happened in a definite physical space that continues to exist in reality and not only in my memory. That Cuba exists beyond what I think or feel or remember about her. This realization, which may seem all too obvious, was the more powerful because before this return trip I never knew that I felt as if my country did not have a real existence beyond my memory.

Their loyalties to group and family may conflict with their developing identities in the new context. Collective understanding of what it means to be a woman in a particular culture may conflict with expectations in the new country. g. Espín, 1999). Memory through the generations Migration also produces psychological effects for the immigrants’ descendants beyond the obvious fact that the younger generations are 34 Oliva M. Espín born and/or grow into adulthood in the new country rather than the country of their ancestors.

But “when you grow up in an immigrant family you are always hearing about the country of origin. So [if you ever go there] it feels like going back” (p. 112). Paradoxically, the psychological effects of migration on children of immigrants are derived not only from losses and traumatic experiences of their parents but also from the successes immigrants may achieve as a consequence of the migration. New loyalties in the host country may be experienced by both immigrant parents and their children as betrayal of loved ones and the homeland.

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