Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 30: Gender, migration and social reproduction

Eleonore Kofman and Parvati Raghuram


Much existing work on global gender and migration has focused on care and its transfer across households. However, building on the revived interest in social reproduction in International Political Economy (IPE) in the last few years, particularly as it relates to gendered migrations, this chapter explores how the failure and/or inadequate conditions of social reproduction are not only an outcome but also a driver of global migrations among different categories of migrants, including labour, family, students, asylum seekers and refugees. The authors suggest that focusing on a range of sites (states, markets, community and household), sectors and skills beyond the household offers new insights into the relationship between production and reproduction across genders, and how these are being reconfigured in an increasingly heterogeneous Global North and South. The chapter also outlines how skills, class, race, nationality and legal status produce new forms of inequality and stratified rights.

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