Reproducing Home: Arab Women's Experiences of Canada
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Arab women
Canada
childbirth

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Vallianatos, H., & Raine, K. (1). Reproducing Home: Arab Women’s Experiences of Canada. Al-Raida Journal, 35-41. https://doi.org/10.32380/alrj.v0i0.207

Abstract

Birth is more than physical reproduction; through reproductive traditions and birthing processes, social reproduction is manifested. In other words, these traditions and ceremonies highlight the values of social life. Migration to a new country may affect the ability of women and their families to perform reproductive rituals; hence, examination of women's birth stories may demonstrate the tensions between the challenges and benefits of migration. This shifting ground of multiple identities in turn contextualizes the process of acculturation as migrants strive to adapt to their new country while maintaining cultural and ethnic identities. In this article, we study experiences of reproduction to examine how Arab immigrant women shape their Canadian identities while balancing connections with their families “back home” and their ethnic/cultural identities.

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