1st Edition

The Gender of Borders Embodied Narratives of Migration, Violence and Agency

    254 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book brings an intersectional perspective to border studies, drawing on case studies from across the world to consider the ways in which notably gender and race dynamics change the ways in which people cross international borders, and how diffuse and virtual borders impact on migrants' experiences.

    By bringing together 11 ethnographies, the book demonstrates the necessity for in-depth empirical research to understand the class, gender and race inequalities that shape contemporary borders. In doing so the volume sheds light on how migration control produces gendered violence at physical borders but also through the politics of vulnerability across borders and social boundaries. It places embodied narratives at the heart of the analysis which sheds light on the agency and the many patterns of resistance of migrants themselves.

    As such, it will appeal to scholars of migration and diaspora studies with interests in gender.


    Jane Freedman, Alice Latouche, Nina Sahraoui, Glenda Santana de Andrade, Elsa Tyszler

    Part I: Conceptualising and Questioning the Politics of Vulnerability across Borders

    Chapter 1- Fooled by a Mirage: Nigerian migrant women's 'voluntary' return from Libya and the IOM

    Shreya Bhat 

    Chapter 2- Crossing the borders of intimacy: gender, extimacy and vulnerability assessment in Greece

    Alice Latouche 

    Chapter 3- Silencing queer asylum seekers within the French reception system: an intersectional analysis of a continuum of institutional violence

    Sara Cesaro

    Part II: Resisting Violence: Gendered Experiences of Borders

    Chapter 4- At the Borderscape: experiences of Syrian women fleeing into Turkey and Jordan

    Glenda Santana de Andrade 

    Chapter 5- Between violence and power to act: Migrant women’s resistance at the Morocco-Spain border

    Elsa Tyszler 

    Chapter 6- Gendered Insecurities: Exploring the continuum of Sexual Gender-Based Violence Experiences of Refugee Women in South Africa

    Victoria Mutambara, Jane Freedman, Tamaryn Crankshaw, Yasmin Rajah

    Chapter 7- A migratory journey between vulnerability and agency: the case of queer exiles in Istanbul

    Öykü Aytacoglu 

    Part III: Migrants’ Gendered Agency across Social Boundaries

    Chapter 8- Women border guards coping with migration: The case of Yemeni women in Djibouti

    Morgann Pernot 

    Chapter 9- Navigating borders as good wives/good citizens: Experiences of Indian marriage migrant women in Canada

    Harshita Yalamarty 

    Chapter 10- From reproductive labour to e-entrepreneurship, from wife and mother to 'connected entrepreneur'. Case study from Chinese marriage-migrants in Taiwan

    Béatrice Zani

    Chapter 11- How to get to the right side of the border: Perinatal health education for pregnant foreign women in France

    Louise Virole 


    Adelina Miranda 


    Jane Freedman is Professor of Sociology at the Université Paris 8 and Director of the CRESPPA-GTM Research Centre in Paris. She has researched and published widely on issues of gender, violence and forced migration and is currently leading an international research project on Violence against Migrant and Refugee Women (GBV-MIG) funded by the EU under its GenderNet Plus research programme.

    Alice Latouche is a PhD student in sociology affiliated to Migrinter researcher center (University of Poitiers, France) and to the CRESPPA-GTM Research Centre in Paris. She is also a fellow at the Institut Convergences MIGRATIONS, France. Her work focuses on the impact of accommodation programmes aimed at ‘vulnerable’ people on the experiences of migrant women. She follows the journey of migrant women she met in the camp of Chios and in the camp of Samos, who are now living on the mainland in order to understand how the asylum system is maintaining women in a situation of precarity and extimity.

    Adelina Miranda is an anthropologist, a professor at the University of Poitiers and a member of the MIGRINTER research centre. Her approach to migrations is based on a localised, historicised and relational perspective. This academic posture is part of a movement of renewal in the field of migration, which is based on multidisciplinary and intersectional interpretative approaches.

    Nina Sahraoui is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Paris Centre for Sociological and Political Research (CRESPPA, CNRS) conducting the project CYBERGEN (2021–22). Her research revolves around interdisciplinary studies of migration, gender and healthcare, with particular attention to questions of care, gender-based violence, borders, humanitarianism and racialization.

    Glenda Santana de Andrade is a Post-doctoral researcher in sociology, attached to the Centre for Sociological and Political Research in Paris (CRESPPA-GTM), fellow at the Institut Convergences MIGRATIONS, France. Her research focuses on refugees, migration, citizenship, collective action and survival strategies. She is currently working on a multi-country multidisciplinary study entitled ‘Transactional sex and the health repercussions in forced migration’, coordinated by Prof. Jane Freedman (Université Paris 8) and Dr Shirin Heidari (IHEID).

    Elsa Tyszler is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Sociological and Political Research in Paris (CRESPPA). She is currently working on the intersections between gender-based violence and migration policies at French borders, in the frame of the GBV-MIG international research project coordinated by Prof. Jane Freedman and funded by the Gender-Net Plus consortium. She has published in various journals and books in English, French and Spanish.