Handbook of Migration and Globalisation
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Handbook of Migration and Globalisation

Edited by Anna Triandafyllidou

This Handbook explores the multifaceted linkages between two of the most important socioeconomic phenomena of our time: globalisation and migration. Both are on the rise, increasing in size and scope worldwide, and this Handbook offers the necessary background knowledge and tools to understand how population flows shape, and are shaped by, economic and cultural globalisation.
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Chapter 26: Gender, migration and globalisation: an overview of the debates

Sabrina Marchetti


This chapter offers an introduction to the relevance of a gender perspective on issues of migration and globalisation. It argues for the importance of the feminisation of migration by making a distinction between a quantitative and a qualitative approach, which can be further articulated between a subjective and a structural level. It emphasises the relevance of the debate around the notion of social reproduction which scholars see as the basis for inequality and differentiation between women at the global level. The chapter provides a short historical overview of how the research on ‘gender and migration’ has come into shape, from a hidden arena of enquiry to the highly visible topic of today. It concludes with a remark on the self-reflective mood of this scholarship in recent times, and thus auspicates for an expansion of a feminist approach to migration towards other objects of analysis seen today by many scholars as a necessary completion towards the aims of this literature.

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