Birmingham

In May 2015, I met individually with over twenty Polish mothers of young children living in Birmingham. We met in community centers, playgroups, and in private homes. Each conversation started with the question “How is it for you to be a mother in Birmingham?” to which each woman responded visually. The question has two main foci. First, since all the women I talked to are Polish immigrants, asking them how it is for them to be a mother in the new place of residence is also a question about immigrant mothering. Second, I didn’t ask them about living in the UK, in England, or, more generally, outside of Poland, but insisted on the urban context by asking how it is for them to live in that particular city. By making the two thematic foci implicit rather than explicit, I wanted to examine the relevance of the conditions of being an immigrant and a Birmingham resident rather than taking them for granted.