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Biography and turning points in Europe and America$
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Karla B. Hackstaff and Feiwel Kupferberg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428608

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.001.0001

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

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

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(p.65) Three Conjugal separation and immigration in the life course of immigrant single mothers in Québec
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Biography and turning points in Europe and America
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Ana Gherghel

Marie-Christine Saint-Jacques

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428608.003.0004

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

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