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Handbook on Gender and Health

Handbook on Gender and Health

International Handbooks on Gender series

Edited by Jasmine Gideon

This Handbook brings together a groundbreaking collection of chapters that uses a gender lens to explore health, healthcare and health policy in both the Global South and North. Empirical evidence is drawn from a variety of different settings and points to the many ways in which the gendered dimensions of health have become reworked across the globe.

Chapter 13: Migration, gender and health

Lorena Núñez Carrasco

Subjects: development studies, family and gender policy, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy, health policy and economics


This chapter begins by referring to global trends in patterns of migration between men and women and focuses on South_South migration. It examines structural as well as subjective factors influencing women and men migrants to open up the debate on how gendered patterns of migrations impact on health. The chapter draws examples from Southern Africa to illustrate how migration is gendered and how this process is reflected on migrants men’s and women’s bodies. Through examining various phases and forms of migration and various migration settings, it explores the pathways through which mobility ‘engenders’ health risks. The chapter also highlights the invisible role of women as carers for the sick and discusses the role of the sending households and communities as carrying the burden of ill-health of returned migrants. Finally, the chapter problematizes the use of the concept of ‘vulnerability’ in the literature on migration, and debates whether the concepts of structural vulnerability or vulnerable populations are suited to address gender differentials in health and migration.

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