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Religion and Welfare in EuropeGendered and Minority Perspectives$
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Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318972

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318972.001.0001

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Striving to live the good life: the tension between self-fulfilment and family obligations for women in northern England

Striving to live the good life: the tension between self-fulfilment and family obligations for women in northern England

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(p.185) Nine Striving to live the good life: the tension between self-fulfilment and family obligations for women in northern England
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Religion and Welfare in Europe
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Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318972.003.0009

This chapter shows that migrant women in Darlington, England, who strive both for self-fulfilment and to maintain family responsibilities, face a values clash. This clash, however, is not specific to women from religious minorities, but is inherent in more general tensions between individual freedoms and family responsibilities. In practice, this very often means that the same individual holds contradictory values simultaneously. This mirrors the findings of the German study in the previous chapter. In both cases, therefore, the women from minority communities are reflecting a broader value conflict typical of late modernity in which the content and meaning of a good life is constantly renegotiated.

Keywords:   migrant women, self-fulfilment, family responsibilities, values clash, religious minorities, individual freedoms, minority communities

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