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Gender and Migration

Gender and Migration

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Published by Oxfam
The articles in this collection explore the vast array of different reasons for women and men moving within and outside their native countries, whether it be for employment, upon marriage, or in the midst of conflict. The authors stress the importance of seeing an individual migrant in her or his context as a member of a social network, spanning different locations. Understanding these links helps us to understand migration as part of a wider strategy for making a living. The articles also explore how migration may offer women a chance to challenge oppressive gender relations: migrants are exposed to different ways of being and doing, which show that culture is neither universal or fixed. Conversely, migration may be a route into continuing gender-based discrimination, because women become isolated from their support systems.
The articles in this collection explore the vast array of different reasons for women and men moving within and outside their native countries, whether it be for employment, upon marriage, or in the midst of conflict. The authors stress the importance of seeing an individual migrant in her or his context as a member of a social network, spanning different locations. Understanding these links helps us to understand migration as part of a wider strategy for making a living. The articles also explore how migration may offer women a chance to challenge oppressive gender relations: migrants are exposed to different ways of being and doing, which show that culture is neither universal or fixed. Conversely, migration may be a route into continuing gender-based discrimination, because women become isolated from their support systems.

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Oxfam Focus on Gender
 
The
books in Oxfam's
Focus
on
Gender
series were originally published as single issues
ofthe journal
Gender
and Development
(formerly
Focus
on Gender).
Gender
and Development
is
published by Oxfam three times a year. It is the only British journal to focus specificallyon gender and development issues internationally, to explore the links between genderand development initiatives, and to make the links between theoretical and practicalwork in this field. For information about subscription rates, please apply to CarfaxPublishing Company, PO Box
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Front
cover:
Tamil returnees on a bus to a repatriation camp, Sri Lanka.Photo:
Howard Davies
©
Oxfam GB1998Published by Oxfam
GB, 274
Banbury Road, Oxford
OX2 7DZ,
UK.Typeset by Oxfam
CSU
JB087/98
Oxfam
is a
registered charity
No.
202918Oxfam
GB
is
a
member of Oxfam InternationalISBN 0 85598 399 X
This book converted to digital file in 2010
 
Contents
Editorial 2
Caroline
Sweettnan
'Frustrated and displaced': Filipina domestic workers in Canada 7
Nona
Grandea
with
Joanna
Kerr
Gujarati migrants' search for modernity in Britain 13
Emma
Crewe
and Uma Kothari
Workers on the
move:
seasonal migration and changing social relations in rural India 21
Ben Rogaly
Food shortages and gender relations in Ikafe settlement, Uganda 30
Una Payne
Mental illness and social stigma: experiences in a Pakistani community in the UK 37
Erica
L Wheeler
More words but no action? Forced migration and trafficking of women 44
Francine
Pickup
The use and abuse of female domestic workers from Sri Lanka in Lebanon 52
Una Abu-Habib
Migration, ethnicity, and conflict: Oxfam's experienceof working with Roma communities in Tuzla, Bosnia-Hercegovina 57
Alex
Jones
Resources 63
Compiled
by
Sara Chamberlain
Further reading 63Journals and Newsletters 67Videos 68Organisations 68Forced Migration 71Web sites 72

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