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 10: New directions in gender and immigration research

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo


Immigration studies have burgeoned in the last 30 years, but a glance at the principal journals and publications in the United States makes it clear that gender is still ghettoized in immigration scholarship. Basic concepts such as gender, sex, power, privilege, sexual discrimination and intersectionalities are regularly absent from the vocabulary and the study designs. The cottage industries of segmented assimilation, transnationalism and citizenship – with a few significant exceptions – remain like hermetically sealed steam trains from another century, chugging along oblivious to developments in gender scholarship of the last 30 years. I went through all of the recent issues of International Migration Review (IMR), the premier social science journal in this field, and I found that in 2007, 2008 and 2009, there were a total of seven articles with ‘women’ or ‘gender’ in the title. In 2006, there were none except those included in a special issue on gender. Why is that? Gender remains one of the fundamental social relations that anchors and impacts immigration patterns, including labour migration as well as professional class migrations and refugee movements.

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