Immigrant and Refugee Women

Recreating Meaning in Transnational Context

in Anthropology in Action
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  • 1 University of Ottawa dspitzer@uOttawa.ca

Migrating to another country is potentially fraught with both challenges and potential opportunities. This article examines ways in which mature Chilean, Chinese and Somali women who migrated to Canada deploy personal and communal resources to imbue shifting relations and novel spaces with new meanings. Through these activities, they create a place for themselves on Canadian soil while remaining linked to their homelands. I argue that the ability of immigrant and refugee women to reconstruct their lives—often under conditions of systemic inequalities—is evidence of their resilience, which consequently has a positive effect on health and well-being.

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Anthropology in Action

Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice

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