Migration Studies scholars are under increasing pressure to understand policy decisions which effect migrants and their assimilations or exclusions from communities and civil societies. Historically, such decisions were not always taken by the state, but by social and religious actors and institutions such as education, healthcare, and social care, which were ethnically divided throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The women who managed and staffed such institutions in large numbers were Catholic religious sisters (nuns), and it was these women religious who decided on, perpetuated, and taught social norms for assimilation and reinforced ethnic and cultural competition and divisions. Studying their lives, narratives, and works across the globe can offer scholars of migration a deep understanding of how non-state actors can effect assimilation and exclusion in society. As religious vocations decline, and convents consequently close, the archives on which such research depends are increasingly at risk. For scholars interested in the history of women religious and their work in migrant communities, now is the time to act before these archives permanently disappear.
|Number of pages
|Studi Emigrazione: International Journal of Migration Studies
|Early online date
|10 Apr 2022
|Published - 2022