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Reproductive Citizens – Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880-1945 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Reproductive Citizens: Gender, Immigration, and the State in Modern France, 1880-1945

Nimisha Barton


In the familiar tale of mass migration to France from 1880 onward, we know very little about the hundreds of thousands of women who formed a critical part of those migration waves. This book argues that their relative absence in the historical record hints at a larger and more problematic oversight — the role of sex and gender in shaping the experiences of migrants to France before the Second World War. This compelling history of social citizenship demonstrates how, through the routine application of social policies, state and social actors worked separately toward a shared goal: repopulating ... More

Keywords: mass migration, France, migrant women, immigrant families, naturalization, French-assimilated children, immigrants, French nationality, family-making, French citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501749636
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501749636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nimisha Barton, author