Handbook on Development and Social Change
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Handbook on Development and Social Change

Edited by G. H. Fagan and Ronaldo Munck

This Handbook provides an accessible critical review of the complex issues surrounding development and social change today. With chapters from recognized experts, examining economic, political and social aspects, and covering key topics and developing regions, it goes beyond current theory and sets out the debates which will shape an approach better suited to the modern world.
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Chapter 16: The migration–development nexus: current challenges and future research agenda

Tanja Bastia


Since the turn of the century, the migration–development nexus has emerged as a key concern for policy-makers as well as for social scientists and is now regularly discussed at high-level meetings. However, most of this literature is undifferentiated with regards to gender relations despite the availability of a considerable literature on gender and migration and the fact that, today, women constitute almost half of all migrants. The purpose of this chapter is therefore twofold: first, to interrogate the migration–development nexus in relation to that which it excludes and, second, to bring the gender and migration – and to a lesser extent, the gender and development – literature to bear on migration–development nexus debates. This chapter argues for re-engaging feminist analyses with migration–development debates, developing a better understanding of how gender relations influence migration as well as how gender relations change as a result of migration.

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