The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism
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The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism

Global and Development Perspectives

Edited by Laura Oso and Natalia Ribas Mateos

The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism represents a state-of-the-art review of the critical importance of the links between gender and migration in a globalising world. It draws on original, largely field-based contributions by authors across a range of disciplinary provenances worldwide.
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Chapter 6: Theoretical debates on social reproduction and care: the articulation between the domestic and the global economy

Christine Verschuur


Women’s work is connected to globalization processes. Considerable research has been conducted on women and work and on the shifting divisions of labour globally, particularly in development studies. The activities and relations indispensable for social reproduction have been conceptualized by feminist studies and the place of women migrant workers in the new global economy has been articulated in relation to the domestic economy. In this context, the concept of care has also been associated with reflections on migration and on the links between the domestic and the global economy. However, the concepts of social reproduction and care cannot be merged and furthermore, in the context of gender, development and migration studies, has some limitations. Therefore it is very important to deepen the question on the articulation of production and social reproduction in the context of globalization, within which care is included, in order to contribute to explaining the increase in social and gender inequalities in development.

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