Transnational Identity and Memory Making in the Lives of Iraqi Women in Diaspora
This book draws on an extensive archive of over one hundred oral narratives collected and recorded with Iraqi women in three sites: Amman, Detroit, and Toronto. It demonstrates how the relationships between ethno-religious migrants, nation, and citizenship are shaped by the traumatic experiences of forced displacement and integration into new communities and national imaginaries. The book also examines the broader historical trends that have precipitated migration from Iraq.
While informed by research into the limited archival documentary record on Iraqis in North America, the book is first and foremost a study of gender and memory that focuses on women’s oral histories. By historicizing the process by which ethno-religious and ethno-national communities become fractured and remade, the author explores the expectations and realities of women as the supposed biological and cultural reproducers of the nation. The Iraqi women featured in this book assert their claims to belonging across three different generations, thereby opening up spaces to discuss how sites of migration shape the ability of migrants to lobby for "the homeland," even as they engage in daily struggles to advance their education and economic stability in North America.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 240 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationNadia Jones-Gailani is an assistant professor of Gender Studies at Central European University.
Table of contents
Introduction: Narrative, Memory, and Identity
1. Gendered Narratives of State: The “Project for the Rewriting of History”
2. Resisting the State: Shi’i, Chaldean, and Kurdish Women’s Counter-Narratives
3. Towards an Affective Methodology
4. Qahwa and Kleiche: Metaphor, Memory, and Meaning
5. Embodied and Political Subjectivities
Subjects and Courses