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Kathie Friedman-Kasaba, <i>Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York, 1870–1924</i>. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. 242 pp.

Hasia R. Diner

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134681
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.003.0022

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Kathie Friedman-Kasaba, Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York, 1870–1924. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996. 242 pp.

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A review of the book, Memories of Migration: Gender, Ethnicity, and Work in the Lives of Jewish and Italian Women in New York, 1870–1924 by Kathie Friedman-Kasaba is presented. Friedman-Kasaba's work turns out to be flat, derivative, and decontextualized. She presents, for example, a good deal of material pertaining to migrations, migration theory, and the formation of class and ethnicity, but does not draw clear connections to her main focus of analysis. Additionally, she does not cite a single work in Yiddish or Italian, indicating that she had no access to the words of the principal subjects of her books. She bases much of her observation on the words of others — often outside observers — and she draws too heavily on the findings of other historians.

Keywords: migration theory; migration; ethnicity; Italian women

Chapter.  1686 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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