• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • 19 February 2018



    Kinga Goodwin, PhD in Sociology and Migration Studies, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, spent few months in New Zealand in 2011 interviewing Polish women living in New Zealand.


    Her thesis: Class, gender and ethnicity performance amongst Polish women in the United Kingdom and New Zealand/Aotearoa is now available online.


    Kinga Goodwin says about her research: I have a background in cross-cultural psychology, but my thesis is interdisciplinary and incorporates a range of social science disciplines. My work is based on in-depths interviews and ethnographic observation/participation with Polish women living in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand/Aotearoa (NZ). My research is comparative, and largely theorized within the intersectionality model. I consider how class, gender and ethnicity intersect, and how they are expressed in Polish women’s behaviour in culturally and geographically different environments. I also describe how these performances are affected by women’s migrant status, different gender expectations and the stratification system in both cultures, as well as the choices made when there is a conflict between these. My research also shows Polish women in the context of lifestyle migration, which makes a novel contribution to the labour migration context in which Polonia is often discussed.

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