New Book: Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution: Perceptions and Participation in Northwest Europe (Andrew DJ Shield)

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Dear H-Migration,

My name is Andrew DJ Shield, research fellow at Roskilde University in Denmark, and I'm writing with the news of the release of my first book Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution: Perceptions and Participation in Northwest Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Please share with colleagues or students interested in immigration, race, gender, sexuality, and/or media in Europe. 


About the book:

This book focuses on the latter half of the twentieth century, when much of northwest Europe grew increasingly multicultural with the arrival of foreign workers and (post-)colonial migrants, whilst simultaneously experiencing a boom in feminist and sexual liberation activism. Using multilingual newspapers, foreign worker organizations’ archives, and interviews, this book shows that immigrants in the Netherlands and Denmark held a variety of viewpoints about European gender and sexual cultures. Some immigrants felt solidarity with, and even participated in, European social movements that changed norms and laws in favor of women’s equality, gay and lesbian rights, and sexual liberation. These histories challenge today’s politicians and journalists who strategically link immigration to sexual conservatism, misogyny, and homophobia.


Reviews of the book:

'Shield’s timely and hugely important work takes fresh perspectives on immigration to Northwest Europe from Turkey, Morocco and Pakistan in particular. Rather than seeing a homogenised threat or groups of passive victims, he shows how immigrants have responded to changing cultures of gender and sexuality in multiple ways. The book does something genuinely new and comes as a nuanced and carefully argued counter to the poisonous rhetoric of right-wing nationalists in Europe and beyond.'
-Matt Cook, Professor of Modern History, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

'This is a remarkable book. With a multitude of sources, Shield welds together the history of late twentieth-century immigration to Denmark and the Netherlands and presents it from the immigrants’ viewpoint. An astute scholarly work, which effectively refutes some of the most common xenophobic and populist claims of our time, the book has relevance for how we understand cross-cultural experiences everywhere.'
-Jens Rydström, Professor in Gender Studies, Lund University, Sweden

'This book explores how western European societies accommodated diversity according to gender, class, ethnicity and sexuality. It convincingly shows how collective amnesia dominates current debates. We tend to forget how solidarity and social cohesion were constructed in past decades. This is a must-read for journalists, policy makers and academics.'
-Marlou Schrover, Professor of Migration History, Leiden University, The Netherlands



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