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Immigrant Mothers

  • By: Lichun Willa Liu
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

An immigrant mother is a woman who becomes a mother before or after she moves to a new country. Immigrant mothers are not a homogenous group, and their perceptions of motherhood and their mothering experiences are not universal, but are influenced by their gender ideology, ethnic/cultural beliefs, and social and economic conditions, which may differ widely between families and cultures. What immigrant mothers have in common is their immigrant identity, which, undoubtedly, plays an important role in the way they nurture, train, and care for their children.

Contemporary immigrant mothers are primarily from the developing world. They migrate to the developed world for different reasons: to provide a better future for their family and children, to seek paid work, or to escape war, to name a ...

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