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Women and Immigration Law
New Variations on Classical Feminist Themes

ISBN 9781904385646
Published December 19, 2006 by Routledge-Cavendish
288 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines immigration law from a gender perspective. It shows how immigration law situates gender conflicts outside the national order, projecting them onto non-western countries, exotic cultures, clandestine labour and criminal organizations. In doing so, immigration law sustains the illusion that gender conflicts have moved beyond the pale of European experience. In fact, the classical feminist themes of patriarchy, the gendered division of labour and sexual violence are still being played out at the heart of Europe's societies, involving both citizens and migrants.

This collection of essays demonstrates how the seemingly marginal perspective of immigration law highlights Europe's unresolved gender conflicts and how a gender perspective can help us to rethink immigration law.

Table of Contents

Part I: Global Context  Border Rights and Rites.  Generalizations, Stereotypes and Gendered Migration.  Citizenship, Noncitizenship and the Status of the Foreign Domestic.  Gendered Borders and United States' Sovereignty  Part II: European Perspectives Gendered Violence in 'New Wars': Challenges to the Refugee Convention.  Problematizing Trafficking for the Sex Sector: A Case of Eastern European Women in the EU.  A Migrant World of Services.  Gender, Migration and Class: Why 'live-in' Domestic Workers are not Compensated for Overtime?  The Case of Mrs Boultif: The Right to Domicile of Women with a Migrant Partner in European Immigration Law  Part III: National Case Studies Transnational Contingency: The Domestic Work of Migrant Women in Austria.  Response and Responsibility: Domestic Violence and Marriage Migration in the UK.  French Immigration Laws: The Sans-Papires Perspectives.  Crossing Borders: Gender, Citizenship and Reproductive Autonomy in Ireland.  Socio-Political and Legal Representations of Migrant Women Sex Labourers in Italy: Between Discourse and Praxis.

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Dr. Sarah van Walsum is senior researcher in Migration law. Dr. Thomas Spijkerboer is professor of Migration law. Both work at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 


"This book provides a refreshing approach to issues relating to women subject to immigration law...it effectively confirms that immigration law can be rejuvenated through the feminist lens and shows how the experiences of migrant women can advance feminist thinking...This book deserves the attention of anyone interested in gender, law and migration." - Vanessa Bettinson and Alwyn Jones, Jounal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, Vol 22, no 2.