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1st Edition

Migration, Gender and Care Economy

ISBN 9781138063679
Published October 11, 2018 by Routledge India
206 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume closely analyses women’s role and experiences in migration (internal and international) and its interlinkages with the care economy in their functions as nurses and paid domestic workers as well as unpaid carers. Bringing together case studies from across India and other parts of the world, the essays in the volume capture the characteristics and specificities of female migration in different settings — be it for economic or associational reasons, or as left behind members. The book also looks at gender-specific discriminations and vulnerabilities along with the empowering aspects of migration.

This volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of migration, gender studies, sociology, and social anthropology, as well as development studies, demography, and economics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables


  1. Migration and Gender Landscape: Labour Demands, Care Work and Cultural Pressures
  2. N. Neetha and S. Irudaya Rajan

  3. Women’s Migration and Chronic Poverty: Case Study of Chennai Slum Dwellers
  4. S. Mageswari and G. Geetha

  5. A Critical Review of Keralite Migrant Women’s Work in the Gulf Region
  6. Manasi Mahanty

  7. Nursing Labour, Employment Regimes, and Affective Spaces: Experiencing Migration in the City of Kolkata
  8. Panchali Ray

  9. Mobility, Accessibility, and Inclusion: Spatial Politics of Gendered Migrant Domestic Labour
  10. Bindhulakshmi Pattadath

  11. Women Left Behind: Results from Kerala Migration Surveys
  12. S. Irudaya Rajan and K. C. Zachariah

  13. International Migration and Impact of Remittances on left-behind Wives: A Case Study of the Doaba Region of Punjab
  14. Atinder Pal Kaur

  15. An Understanding of the Social Space of Left behind Females: A Study of the Dogra Community from Jammu Region
  16. Neha Gutkar

  17. Fractured Between Two Worlds: Narratives on the Gendered Experiences of Two Generations of Immigrant Indian-Hindu Women in Canada
  18. Smita Verma

  19. Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward: A Step Ahead?
  20. Rimple Mehta

  21. Transnational Migration and Gendered (Re)organization of Elder care
  22. Sreerupa

  23. Domestic Worker Mobility to Mobilization: A Case for Closer Engagement with Civil Society and Local Actors in Policy and Praxis

S. Irudaya Rajan and Jolin Jospeh


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S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He has coordinated seven large-scale migration surveys in Kerala since 1998 (with Professor K. C. Zachariah), as well as the Goa Migration Survey 2008, and the Tamil Nadu Migration Survey 2015. He was also instrumental in conducting the Punjab Migration Survey 2009 and Gujarat Migration Survey 2011. He has published extensively in national and international journals on social, economic, demographic, and political implications on international migration, and he also acted as Chair of the Research Unit on International Migration (RUIM) during 2006–16. He is the editor of the annual series India Migration Report and editor-in-chief of Migration and Development.

N. Neetha is Senior Fellow (Professor) and Deputy Director at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), New Delhi, India. Prior to this, she was Associate Fellow and Coordinator at the Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, India. Her broad research interests include labour, employment, and migration issues of women. Her current research work focuses on the changing dimensions of women’s employment, gender statistics, and the social, political, and economic dimensions of care work (paid as well as unpaid). She has been engaged in a large-scale study on female migration and is one of the lead authors of the 'Pluralization of Family' chapter in the International Panel on Social Progress Report. She has published in several journals and books.