Political transition in the past decade has been related to building a new European social, political and cultural environment that transgresses older divisions between the European West and East. The migration of women from East to West and the re-arrangement of gender relations in Europe are indicative of a wide range of changes that are related to the modification of political and social practices and to understandings of the private and public sphere. This volume documents the contemporary phenomenon of feminised migration by analysing rich accounts of the lives of women migrants and the ways in which the latter are perceived in the 'host' countries. Based on more than 100 interviews with women migrants from Hungary and Bulgaria and with 'host' women in Italy and the Netherlands, it also engages in theoretical debates on migration and subjectivity, juridical approaches to migration and migration policy, and on-going public discussions of new visions of Europe.
Luisa Passerini is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Torino and External Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. She is the author of Europe in Love, Love in Europe. Imagination and Politics Between the Wars (London and New York, 1999), and editor of Across the Atlantic: Cultural Exchanges between Europe and the United States (Bruxelles 2000), and Figures d'Europe. Images and Myths of Europe (Bruxelles 2003). Dawn Lyon is Senior Research Officer at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, UK. She completed her PhD in the sociology of careers at the European University Institute where she subsequently co-ordinated the Gender Studies Programme in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Her research interests include gender, work and employment; and comparative sociology. She is currently working on an ESRC-funded research programme on the Transformations of Work. Enrica Capussotti is Researcher at the Department of History, Siena University. She obtained her PhD at the European University Institute and was subsequently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Romance Studies (University of London). She is currently working on two projects, the first concerning internal migration in Italy in the 1950s, and the second focusing on contemporary European cinema and European belongings. She is the author of Gioventu perduta. Gli anni cinquanta dei giovani e del cinema in Italia (Firenze: Giunti, 2004). Ioanna Laliotou is Lecturer in Contemporary History and Intercultural Relations at the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly, Greece. Her research interests concern the history of contemporary migrations, the history of subjectivity, and cultural theory and criticism. She is author of Transatlantic Subjects: Acts of Migration and Culture of Transnationalism between Europe and America (Chicago University Press: Chicago, 2004).