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Migration, Gender and Social Justice

Perspectives on Human Insecurity

Truong, T.-D., Gasper, D., Handmaker, J., Bergh, S.I. (Eds.)

2014, XII, 408 p. 20 illus.


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  • Synthesis of research projects on feminization of migration
  • Promotion of migrant women's human rights
  • Security within liminal legality

This book is the product of a collaborative effort involving partners from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who were funded by the International Development Research Centre Programme on Women and Migration (2006-2011). The International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam spearheaded a project intended to distill and refine the research findings, connecting them to broader literatures and interdisciplinary themes. The book examines commonalities and differences in the operation of various structures of power (gender, class, race/ethnicity, generation) and their interactions within the institutional domains of intra-national and especially inter-national migration that produce context-specific forms of social injustice. Additional contributions have been included so as to cover issues of legal liminality and how the social construction of not only femininity but also masculinity affects all migrants and all women. The resulting set of 19 detailed, interconnected case studies makes a valuable contribution to reorienting our perceptions and values in the discussions and decision-making concerning migration, and to raising awareness of key issues in migrants’ rights. 

All chapters were anonymously peer-reviewed. This book resulted from a series of projects funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Gender - Human Rights - Human Security - Migration - Research-Policy-Nexus

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - International, Foreign and Comparative Law - Population Studies - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Section I: Introduction – migration, gender and social justice: the research and policy agendas.- Section II: Transformation of social reproduction systems and migration: local-global interactions.- Section III: The state and female internal migration: Rights and livelihood security.- Section IV: Complexity of gender: embodiment and intersectionality.- Section V: Liminal legality, citizenship and migrant rights mobilization.- Section VI: Conclusion – the complexities of migration research-policy interactions.- Annex A - Portfolio of Migration Projects, 2006-2009 (21 May 2009).- Women’s Rights and Citizenship Program.- Annex B - Profile of the Editors.

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