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Gender and Migration

Caroline B. Brettell

ISBN: 978-0-745-68792-6 January 2017 Polity 248 Pages


Gender roles, relations, and ideologies are major aspects of migration. This timely book argues that understanding gender relations is vital to a full and more nuanced explanation of both the causes and the consequences of migration, in the past and at present. Through an exploration of gendered labor markets, laws and policies, and the transnational model of migration, Caroline Brettell tackles a variety of issues such as how gender shapes the roles that men and women play in the construction of immigrant family and community life, debates concerning transnational motherhood, and how gender structures the immigrant experience for men and women more broadly.

This book will appeal to students and scholars of immigration, race and ethnicity, and gender studies and offers a definitive guide to the key conceptual issues surrounding gender and migration.
Introduction: Engendering the Study of Immigration
Chapter One: The Gendered Demography of U.S. Immigration History
Chapter Two: The Gendering of Law, Policy, Citizenship, and Political Practice
Chapter Three: Gendered Labor Markets
Chapter Four: Gender and the Immigrant Family
Concluding Thoughts: A Gendered Theory of Migration
'Covering a range of topics, from the composition of migration flows to the impact of immigration policies and relations in immigrant families, this illuminating book makes clear the need to bring gender fully into the study of migration. A well-written, clear, and thoughtful overview that will be a valuable resource for students and scholars alike.'
Nancy Foner, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

'In thoughtful, careful, and rigorous manner, Brettell has assembled a significant and illuminating account that expands our understanding of the centrality of gender to the migratory process over time and space. It is encyclopedic in nature and an essential resource for anyone interested in immigration, gender, or both.'
Cecilia Menjívar, University of Kansas