Engendering Migration Studies

Patricia R. Pessar

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI:
Engendering Migration Studies

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This chapter provides a detailed review of how migration studies relies upon analyses of social networks and households. The author suggests that looking at the various levels of analysis will lead people to see that the gains of immigrant women have always been uneven and usually contradictory. One section emphasizes the contributions that have been made by scholars who have treated gender as a central organizing principle in migration. It shows that whenever gender is brought to the center in migration studies, several significant topics emerge, including how and why men and women have different experiences of migration. The chapter also provides support for an examination of the ways migration can reinforce and challenge patriarchy at the same time.

Keywords: migration studies; social networks; immigrant women; gender; organizing principle; migration experiences; patriarchy

Chapter.  11053 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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