Book reviews a Mari S., 2018, Lesbiennes de l’immigration. Construction de soi et relations familiales [Immigrant and second-generation lesbians: Self-construction and family relationships], Éditions du Croquant, 361 pages. Salima Amari’s book, based on her doctoral thesis (defended in 2015), describes the social experience of lesbians in migration and post-migration contexts and at the intersection of gender, class, and race relations, and sexuality. The author’s main hypothesis is that these women ‘act on two fronts: constructing their own personal identity and managing family relationships, which they seek to preserve’ (p. 9). Her research draws on a rich body of empirical material: 52 interviews with migrant or second-generation lesbians from North Africa and several participant observation periods in Paris, the greater Paris region, and three major French cities (Lille, Lyon, and Toulouse) between 2009 and 2014. The many interview excerpts, together with detailed portraits of some respondents, flesh out her description of different types of trajectories and provide a clear empirical picture of the diverse intersectional situations these women are involved in. The first part of the book analyses the relationships between lesbians of North African origin and their families, while the second offers an in-depth analysis of their ‘lesbian careers’: sexual awakening and first
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