1st Edition

Gender and Rural Migration Realities, Conflict and Change

Edited By Glenda Tibe Bonifacio Copyright 2014
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gender and Rural Migration: Realities, Conflict and Change explores the intersection of gender, migration, and rurality in 21st-century Western and non-Western contexts. In a world where heightened globalization is making borders increasingly porous, rural communities form part of the migration nexus. While rural out-migration is well-documented, the gendered dynamics of rural in-migration - including return rural migration and the connectivity of rural-urban/global-local spaces - are often overlooked. In this collection, well-grounded case studies involving diverse groups of people in rural communities in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Norway, the United States, and Uzbekistan are organized into three themes: contesting rurality and belonging, women’s empowerment and social relations, and sexualities and mobilities. As demonstrated in this anthology, rural areas are contested sites among queer youth, same-sex couples, working women, young mothers, migrant farm workers, temporary foreign workers, in-migrants, and return migrants. The rich expositions of various narratives and statistical data in multidisciplinary perspectives by emerging and established scholars claim gender and rurality as nodal points in contemporary migration discourse.

    1. Introduction  Glenda Tibe Bonifacio  Part I: Contesting Rurality and Belonging  2. Stories of Butterflies in Winterland: In-Migrants’ Representations of Northern Coastal Realities in Norway  Mai Camilla Munkejord  3. Reproducing Gendered Rural Relations?: Tensions and Reconciliations in Young Women’s Narratives of Leaving and Returning in Newfoundland, Canada  Deatra Walsh  4. Mobility, Diversity, Identity: Challenges of Young Women in Rural Areas in Austria  Tatjana Fischer and Gerlind Weber  5. Escaping the Neon Glamour?: Potential Return Migration of Rural Migrants in China  Li Yu, Wei Xu, Yu Zhu and Liyue Lin  Part II: Women’s Empowerment and Social Relations  6. Empowerment of the Fields: Betabeleras and the Western Nebraska Sugar Industry  Tisa M. Anders and Rosa Elia Cobos  7. Migrating Women: Guardians of the Secrets of the Amazon Forest  Maria da Conceição Araújo Castro  8. Health, Mobility, Livelihood and Social Change in the Lives of Women in Rural Uzbekistan  Zulfiya Tursunova  Part III: Sexualities and Mobilities  9. A Family That Prays Together Stays Together?: Social Ties of Rural Sexual Minority Youth in Kentucky  Christopher J. Stapel  10. Sea-Change: Gender, Sexualities, Mobility and Home  Gordon Waitt  11. "The Lonely Planet": Filipino Temporary Foreign Workers, Housing Arrangements and Sexualities in Rural Alberta  Glenda Tibe Bonifacio


    Glenda Tibe Bonifacio is an Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge.