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Imaginaries of Europe: Technologies of gender, economies of power

Lewis, Gail (2006). Imaginaries of Europe: Technologies of gender, economies of power. European Journal of Women's Studies, 13(2) pp. 87–102.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506806062749
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Abstract

This article explores some of the ways in which ideas about and attempts to construct a European identity and sense of belonging inscribe an imaginary of Europe that is exclusionary and elitist. It suggests that the symbolic figure of 'the immigrant woman' is a container category that simultaneously signifies the non-European and tests and destabilizes claims to Europe's essential characteristics. It also argues that traces of this imaginary of Europe can be found in feminist scholarship on global care chains and that the spatial category of 'the domestic' is the invisible seam that ties this scholarship to the hegemonic imaginary of Europe.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1461-7420
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 9270
Depositing User: Mina Panchal
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/9270
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