Based on two case studies one from France and one from Italy, it will be demonstrated how the stigmatization towards a Moroccan migrant women - as well as the self perception - developed, how it changed, and how under some circumstances it exhibits a certain continuity. In doing so, the interplay between the past and the present as well as the intra-biographical and societal developments are considered. These cases present different typologies of “stigma”, as“physical deformities, “blemishes of individual character” and the central one for this issue, “ tribal stigma” [Goffmann, 1963]. These emerge in interaction, for this reason also the husband’s, friends’ and peer’s voices are considered, in order not to take the categories of gender and the "rapports de racisation” [Pfefferkorn, 2010] isolated, but rather to articulate them in a intersectional complex perspective that considers age, gender, social class, "race" and ethnical relations.
I come to the conclusion that “the resources of biographical experience” [Delcroix, 2004 ] could strength the resistance and the “power of action” [Le Quentrec, 2009] of migrant women in reaching a full emancipation (realized here thanks to the family life – intermarriage – and to the work) to find their place between “being who they are” and “coming from”.