Gender, Migration and Social Transformation: Intersectionality in Bolivian Itinerant Migrations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Migration and Social Transformation

Intersectionality in Bolivian Itinerant Migrations, 1st Edition

By Tanja Bastia

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224 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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Description

Intersectionality can be used to analyse whether migration leads to changes in gender relations. This book finds out how migrants from a peri-urban neighbourhood on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia, make sense of the migration journeys they have undertaken.

Migration is intrinsically related to social transformation. Through life stories and community surveys, the author explores how gender, class, and ethnicity intersect in people’s attempts to make the most of the opportunities presented to them in distant labour markets. While aiming to improve their economic and material conditions, migrants have created a new transnational community that has undergone significant changes in the ways in which gender relations are organised. Women went from being mainly housewives to taking on the role of the family’s breadwinner in a matter of just one decade.

This book asks and addresses important questions such as: what does this mean for gender equality and women’s empowerment? Can we talk of migration being emancipatory? Does intersectionality shed light in the analysis of everyday social transformations in contexts of transnational migrations? This book will be useful to researchers and students in Human Geography, Development Studies and Latin America Area Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Gender, Migration and Social Transformation

3. Origins

4. Mobility and Social Networks

5. Work

6. Care: Negotiating Social Reproduction in Transnational Social Fields

7. Intimacy

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Tanja Bastia is a Senior Lecturer at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, UK.

About the Series

Gender, Space and Society

Gender, Space and Society

The series on Gender, Space and Society publishes innovative feminist work that analyses men's and women's lives from a perspective that exposes and is committed to challenging social inequalities and injustices. The series reflects the ongoing significance and changing forms of gender, and of feminist ideas, in diverse social, geographical and political settings and adopts innovative methodological and philosophical approaches to understanding gender, space and society.

The themes it covers include, but are not restricted to:

  • The constitution and transformation of gender in different political and economic regimes around the world.
  • Men's and women's lived experiences of femininities and masculinities in diverse spaces and environments.
  • The ways in which gender is co-constituted and intersects with a range of other social identities, such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, generation, religion, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, body size and health status in different places and times.
  • Challenging distinctions and offering new understandings of the relationships between public/private, economic/social (re)production, geopolitical/intimate and so on.
  • Destabilising the binary man/woman, and developing more complex ways of understanding gendered social and spatial relations.
  • Developing theoretical perspectives that shed light on the changing nature of gender relations, such as indigenous, postcolonial, queer, Marxist, poststructuralist and non-representational feminist theories.
  • Exploring innovation in methodology, praxis, knowledge co-production and activism as means of challenging social injustices.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography