Family Migration and the Path to an Occupation: The (Early) Experiences of Skilled Taiwanese and Chinese ‘Wives’, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Family Migration and the Path to an Occupation

The (Early) Experiences of Skilled Taiwanese and Chinese ‘Wives’, 1st Edition

By Chieh Hsu


208 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-06-19
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This book sheds light on the invisible early post-arrival period of female family migrants, traditionally considered to be low-skilled or professionally quiescent. With attention to the experiences of Chinese and Taiwanese women married to German men, it examines the ways in which the private sphere - marked by intermarriage couple dynamics and native-foreigner relations - constitutes the main locus of women’s socialization in the host country, as interactions with their intimate partners in the family realm shape both their self-conceptions, and their employment intentions. Based on interviews with migrant women and their spouses, the author outlines the subject positions that characterize female migrants’ attitudes to external constructs and entering the labor market, showing that female family migrants frequently take on family migrant and wife roles that permeate intimate relationships and impede employment intentions, but also often strive to realign with their pre-departure independent selves and thus regain agency. A study of gender dynamics and labor market entry among newly arrived female migrants, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in gender, migration and work.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Placing Women in the Migration Context

1. Professionals? Migrants? Wives? Who Are These Women?

2. Women on and after the Move

3. Home Country Contexts v.s. Host Country Realities

Part 2: Understanding Skilled "Wives’" Experiences

4. An Evolving Self Tied to Roles: Re-envisioning the Immersion Period

5: An Insider’s Approach

Part 3: Navigating the New and Bridging the Gap

6. Marriage and Dependency Back Home and in Germany

7. Embracing Dependency: Passive Autonomy

8. Reclaiming Independence: Active Autonomy

9. Conclusion

About the Author

Chieh Hsu is Researcher at the Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

About the Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations Series

The Research in Migration and Ethnic Relations series has been at the forefront of research in its field for over ten years. The series has built an international reputation for cutting edge theoretical work, for comparative research, particularly on Europe, and for nationally-based studies with broader relevance to international issues. Published in association with the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER), Utrecht University, it draws contributions from the best international scholars in the field, offering an interdisciplinary perspective on some of the key issues facing the contemporary world.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General