Handbook on Gender in Asia
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Handbook on Gender in Asia

Edited by Shirlena Huang and Kanchana N. Ruwanpura

The Handbook on Gender in Asia critically examines, through a gender perspective, five broad themes of significance to Asia: the ‘Theory and Practice’ of researching in Asia; ‘Gender, Ageing and Health’; ‘Gender and Labour’; ‘Gendered Migrations and Mobilities’; and ‘Gender at the Margins’. With each chapter providing an overview of the key intellectual developments on the issue under discussion, as well as empirical examples to examine how the Asian case sheds light on these debates, this collection will be an invaluable reference for scholars of gender and Asia.
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Chapter 16: Beyond the age lens: Older migrants negotiation of intersectional identities over the lifecourse

Menusha De Silva

Abstract

The current scholarship on older migrants emphasises how age shapes migrant experiences while giving relatively little attention to the ways in which other social identities intersect and shape their later-life mobilities. This chapter proposes an integration of the lifecourse perspective and intersectionality as a more holistic approach to examining the ways in which personal aspirations, family obligations, community relations, and state policies intersect and lead to (dis)advantages that shape transnational migrants’ later-lives. The chapter first scrutinizes four groups of older migrants to trace how multi-level accumulations shape their ability to negotiate gendered differentials and other inequalities. It then offers a case study of two Sri Lankan skilled migrant women living in the United Kingdom to unpack how intersectional identities shape the opportunities and impediments they encounter throughout their lifecourse, and how their gendered care obligations and needs are central to the ways in which they fulfil their retirement aspirations.

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