Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders

Gender, reproduction, regulation

Edited by Haldis Haukanes and Frances Pine

Intimacy and mobility in an era of hardening borders


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5020-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2021
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Society & social sciences / Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, Anthropology
  • Series: Rethinking Borders


This book is a collection of articles by anthropologists and social scientists concerned with gendered labour, care, intimacy and sexuality, in relation to mobility and the hardening of borders in Europe. Interrogating the relation between physical, geopolitical borders and ideological, conceptual boundaries, this book offers a range of vivid and original ethnographic case studies that will capture the imagination of anyone interested in gendered migration, policies of inclusion and exclusion, and regulation of reproduction and intimacy.

The first part of the book presents ethnographic and phenomenological discussions of people's changing lives as they cross borders, how people shift, transgress and reshape moral boundaries of proper gender and kinship behaviour, and moral economies of intimacy and sexuality. In the second section, the focus turns to migrants' navigation of social and financial services in their destination countries, putting questions about rights and limitations on citizenship at the core. The final part of the book scrutinises policy formation at the level of state, examining the ways that certain domains become politicised and disputed at different historical junctures, while others are left outside of the political.


Introduction - Haldis Haukanes and Frances Pine
1 Reconceptualising borders and boundaries: gender, movement, reproduction, regulation - Frances Pine and Haldis Haukanes

Section I Gendered life worlds: migrants' imaginaries and obligations in contested contexts of intimacy
2 Moral economies of intimacy: narratives of Ukrainian solo female migrants in Italy - Olena Fedyuk
3 Borders within intimate realms: looking at marriage migration regimes in Austria and Germany through the perspective of women from rural Kosovo - Carolin Leutloff-Grandits
4 The gender of guilt: diversity and ambivalence of transnational care trajectories within postsocialist migration experience - Petra Ezzeddine and Hana Havelková
5 Celebrating invisibility: live-in Romanian badanti caring for the elderly in southeast Italy - Gabriela Nicolescu

Section II Gender, entitlement and obligation: migrants interacting with the state and voluntary services
6 Migrating bodies in the context of health and racialisation in Germany - Christiane Falge
7 Joint struggles for care and social reproduction in Spain: contested boundaries and new solidarities - Sílvia Bofill-Poch
8 Migration, gender dynamics and social reproduction: Polish and Italian mothers in Norway - Lise Widding Isaksen and Elzbieta Czapka
9 Reproductive rights in migration: politics, values and in/exclusionary practices in assisted reproduction - Izabella Main

Section III Shifting gendered policies: reproduction and care in national and historical perspectives
10 Children of the state? The role of pronatalism in the development of Czech childcare and reproductive health policies - Hana Hasková and Radka Dudová
11 Absorbing care through precarious labour: the shifting boundaries of politics in Norwegian health care - Anette Fagertun
12 'The Handbook of Masturbation and Defloration': tracing sources of recent neo-conservatism in Poland - Agnieszka Koscianska



Haldis Haukanes is a social anthropologist and Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Development at the University of Bergen, Norway

Frances Pine is an Emerita Reader in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University, University of London

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