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Mothers and Daugthers. Female Turkish immigrants in the tension between ambivalence and autonomy

Mothers and Daugthers. Female Turkish immigrants in the tension between ambivalence and autonomy

The research project deals with the topics gender, migration and life course and aims at putting into relation the presentation of individual-biographic "events" in the sense of processes of decision and action in the life course of female Turkish immigrants of two generations with "events" at the macro-structural level and their implications.
The research instruments cover a) expert interviews, b) qualitative native-language inquiries based on guide-line questionnaires and c) the use of an adapted version of the "life-course-calendar" for data collection within the target group. This instrument adds a level of visualisation to the oral level of the questionnaire and thus helps to grasp the complexity and multidimensional aspects in the life-course of immigrant women. This allows analysing typical cycles, status passages and events as well as identifying patterns of cycles between generations.
Findings of the project were presented in a final public workshop with representatives of the target group and representatives of politics, education, labour market and counselling. This underlines the importance of making visible aspects of female immigrant life-course and to fill the "perception gap in migration research".

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Type: Research

Program: Jubiläumsfonds der ÖNB

Submission Date: 12/2002

Project Status: Finished

Project Duration: 44 months

Start/End: 10/2002 - 05/2006