Gender, Migration, and Post-Soviet Nation-State Building, first Edition
By Cinzia D. Solari
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From the arms of Grandmothers is a worldwide ethnography of Ukrainian migration that is transnational. Gendered migrant subjectivities are a key site for knowing the creation of neoliberal capitalism and Ukrainian nation-state building, a fraught process that places Ukraine precariously between Europe and Russia with dramatic implications for the governmental economy for the area. Nevertheless, procedures of sex and migration that undergird nation-state that is transnational need further attention. Solari compares two habits of Ukrainian migration: the “forced” exile of middle-aged females, many grandmothers, to Italy as well as the “voluntary” exodus of families, led by the exact same cohort of middle-aged ladies, towards the united states of america. These migrants are caregivers to the elderly in both receiving sites.
Making use of in-depth interviews and ethnographic information gathered in three nations, Solari demonstrates that Ukrainian nation-state building does occur transnationally. (more…)