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Engendering Transnational Migration

Sarah J. Mahler

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225619.003.0014
Engendering Transnational Migration

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This chapter argues that Salvadoran migration is most certainly transnational. However, its main focus is on if and how gender relations have been transformed in northern La Union. The discussion pinpoints different discourses, practices, and processes that influence gender relations. It also argues that transnational influences are a major but not single agent for change. The chapter shows that multiple agents and agencies at the regional, local, and transnational levels affect gender relations. There are times when these work together, and there are other times when they work against each other. The chapter ends by addressing the attitudes of boys and girls in northern La Union with regards to migration, and considers how these have been shaped by transnational processes.

Keywords: Salvadoran migration; gender relations; La Union; transnational influences; transnational levels; transnational processes; migration

Chapter.  15338 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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