1st Edition

Gender and Migration Transnational and Intersectional Prospects

By Anna Amelina, Helma Lutz Copyright 2019
    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    170 Pages
    by Routledge

    From its beginnings in the 1970s and 1980s, interest in the topic of gender and migration has grown. Gender and Migration seeks to introduce the most relevant sociological theories of gender relations and migration that consider ongoing transnationalization processes, at the beginning of the third millennium. These include intersectionality, queer studies, social inequality theory and the theory of transnational migration and citizenship; all of which are brought together and illustrated by means of various empirical examples.

    With its explicit focus on the gendered structures of migration-sending and migration-receiving countries, Gender and Migration builds on the most current conceptual tool of gender studies—intersectionality—which calls for collective research on gender with analysis of class, ethnicity/race, sexuality, age and other axes of inequality in the context of transnational migration and mobility. The book also includes descriptions of a number of recommended films that illustrate transnational migrant masculinities and femininities within and outside of Europe.

    A refreshing attempt to bring in considerations of queer theory and sexual identity in the area of gender migration studies, this insightful volume will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as sociology, social anthropology, political science, intersectional studies and transnational migration.

    1. Gender Relations and Migration: Introduction to the Current State of the Debate (Helma Lutz)

    1.1 The Social Construction of Gender

    1.2 Intersectionality: Gender and Its Interdependence with Other Social Markers

    1.3 Migration

    1.4 Gender in the Migration Process: Between (In)visibility and Dramatization

    1.5 Conclusion and Outlook

    2. Migration and Gender: Researching Migration in National, Global, and Transnational Frameworks (Anna Amelina)

    2.1 Gender and Social Inequality: The Challenges of Migration Research

    2.2 Key Questions and Limitations of Assimilation Theories

    2.3 The Neoclassical Approach and World-Systems Theory: Analyzing International Migration in a Globalized Context

    2.4 The Transnational Perspective in Migration Research and Gender-Sensitive Inequality Analysis

    2.5 The Interplay of Gender, Ethnicity/Race, and Class from a Transnational Perspective

    2.6 Summary and Outlook

    3. Doing Migration and Doing Gender: Intersectional Perspectives on Migration and Gender (Anna Amelina)

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Doing Migration: The Social Constructivist Perspective in Migration Research

    3.3 Studies of Intersectionality: Analyzing the Interplay of Migration and Gender

    3.4 Migration and Gender in the Focus of Intersectionality: The Current Research on Migration and Mobility in Europe

    3.5 Conclusion and Outlook

    4. Care: An Intersectional Analysis of Transnational Care Work and Transnational Families (Helma Lutz)

    4.1 Care as (Un)paid Labor

    4.2 Care as Gainful Employment

    4.3 Global Care Chains: Transnational Motherhood and Care Circulation

    4.4 Transnational Families between Stigmatization and Recognition

    4.5 The Intersection of Regimes of Gender, Care/Welfare, and Migration

    4.6 Conclusion: The Redistribution of Social Inequality

    5. The Changing Face of Citizenship: From the National Model to the Transnational and Intersectional Approaches

    5.1 Key Dimensions of Citizenship

    5.2 Transnationally Oriented Citizenship Studies: Citizenship in the Process of Deterritorialization

    5.3 Challenging "White Androcentrism": Feminist and Intersectional Approaches to Citizenship Research

    5.4 "The Limits of Gendered Citizenship": The Intersectional Perspective in Citizenship Research

    5.5 Conclusion

    6. Teaching Intersections of Gender, Migration and Transnationality (Helma Lutz)

    6.1 Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices

    6.2. A Proposal for Gender-Sensitive Migration Research: Summary of Chapter 1

    6.3 Deconstructing Classical Migration Research from the Perspectives of Gender and Transnational Studies: Summary of Chapter 2

    6.4 Intersectional Tools for Transnational Migration Research: Summary of Chapter 3

    6.5 Intersectional Analysis of Transnational Care Relations: Summary of Chapter 4

    6.6. Citizenship Theories beyond the National Paradigm: Summary of Chapter 5



    Anna Amelina is Professor of Intercultural Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus–Senftenberg, Germany.

    Helma Lutz is Professor of Gender Studies at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany.

    A remarkable book which provides a comprehensive and conceptually sophisticated analysis of the field of gender and migration studies with a particular emphasis on a much needed intersectional perspective. Both critical and engaging, it not only provides an overview of debates in the field but also contributes theoretically to the area and its development, as well as making a broader contribution to the sociology of migration, to gender studies and to intersectionality.
    —Floya Anthias, Professor of Sociology and Social Justice (Emeritus), University of Roehampton, London

    Making sense of transnational mobility and gender, this timely textbook breaks new ground by pushing us to take a closer look at the interstices of cross-border structures and practices in burgeoning fields such as (post-)migration, care and citizenship studies. The magisterial gender- and inequality-sensitive framework provided by the authors successfully connects the various strands of existing research, and thus opens a space for lively discussion between adherents and skeptics of various approaches.

    Thomas Faist, Professor of Sociology of Transnationalization, Migration and Development, Bielefeld University

    Using an intersectional lens to explore key issues of migration as a fundamentally gendered process, this book breaks new ground in the study of transnationalism, care, and citizenship. A unique feature of the book is the final chapter on teaching the intersections of gender, migration, and transnationality through the imaginative use of film.

    Russell King, Professor of Geography, University of Sussex

    Gender, long a neglected dimension of the migration experience, has been increasingly discussed in the recent literature. Never, however, had this resulted in such a clear and exhaustive overview. By bringing together insights from theories of transnationalism, intersectionality and gender relations, the authors make a major contribution to the teaching and research agenda on gender and migration.

    Paolo Boccagni, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento