Such Hardworking People

Such Hardworking People

Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto

eBook - 1992
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"During the last century, 26 million Italian women, men, and children have traded an uncertain future in Italy for the prospect of a better life elsewhere. Canada has long been home to Italian immigrants, but in the years just after the Second World War they began to arrive in multitudes. Toronto emerged as the most popular Canadian destination and now, with more than 400,000 residents of Italian heritage, has one of the largest Italian populations outside Italy. Franca Iacovetta describes the working-class experiences of those who came to Toronto from southern Italy between 1946 and 1965, focusing on the relations between newly arrived immigrant workers and their families." "The Italians who came to Toronto before 1965 were predominantly young, healthy women and men eager to secure jobs and prepared to make sacrifices in order to secure a more comfortable life for themselves and their children. Franca Iacovetta examines the changes many of them had to face during the transition from peasant worker in an under-developed, rural economy to wage-earner in an urban, industrial society." "Although both women and men had to struggle and were exploited, Iacovetta shows that they found innovative ways to recreate cherished rituals and customs from their homeland and to derive a sense of dignity and honour from the labours they performed." "Such Hardworking People is informed by a feminist analysis. Iacovetta shows that for both sexes work patterns and experiences, as well as self-perceptions, were influenced by domestic responsibilities and gender relations within the household and by the labour market, employer strategies, and kin-linked networks of support. In addition to conducting numerous interviews with some of the immigrants, she has drawn on recent scholarship in immigration, family, labour studies, oral history, and women's history."--Jacket.
Publisher: Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă1992
ISBN: 9780773563155
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxix, 278 pages, [20] pages of plates) : illustrations, map


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