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Conjugal separation and immigration in the life course of immigrant single mothers in Québec

Ana Gherghel and Marie-Christine Saint-Jacques

in Biography and turning points in Europe and America

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428608
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307655 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.003.0004
Conjugal separation and immigration in the life course of immigrant single mothers in Québec

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In this chapter, the authors examine whether immigration represents a turning point in the life of single mother families who experience a conjugal separation after settling in the destination society of Canada. Using a life course approach, they focus on the period of single-parenthood after the separation as a part of the familial trajectory. They draw examples from biographic interviews with immigrant single-mothers of different ethnic origins who have become established in Quebec City to explore theoretical and methodological frameworks of analysis that link the life course approach and the biographical approach. The authors develop models of familial trajectories based on juxtapositions of key transitions – immigration and separation – as well as showing how lifestyles, perceptions and pre-migratory experiences define changes in the life course.

Keywords: Biography; life course; bifurcation; single mothers; immigration; Canada; family trajectories

Chapter.  10553 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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