Gender in motion: How gender precipitates international migration

Stephanie J. Nawyn*, Anna C Reosti, Linda Gjokaj

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose - The burgeoning literature on gender and immigration has largely abandoned atavistic conceptualizations of gender. Instead, migration scholars have integrated an understanding of gender that is relational, contextual, and mutually constitutive with migration. Most of this research has focused on the ways in which migration shapes gender relations, with much less focus on the ways in which gender relations contribute to migration flows. Additionally, the integration of gender analysis in migration studies has contributed significantly to our understanding of migration but has not informed gender theory to nearly the same extent. In this chapter, we synthesize the extant literature on gender and migration, as it relates to the dynamics that precipitate migration. Methodology/approach - We conducted a review and synthesis of the extant literature that examines the relationship between gender and the decisions and opportunities to migrate. Findings - Through this synthesis, we identified four gendered institutions that precipitate migration: (1) global labor markets, (2) family and care work, (3) social networks, and (4) violence. Practical implications - We contribute to the development of gender theory by examining the structural dimensions of gender, thus illuminating the connections between gender relations operating at macro and micro levels.Originality/value of paper - Although other scholars have reviewed the literature on gender and migration, previous reviews (and most empirical studies) have focused on how migration has shaped gender relations. No reviews to date have focused on how gender relations shape migration. Additionally, most scholars fail to recognize the relationship of gendered violence to other precipitates of migration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-202
Number of pages28
JournalAdvances in Gender Research
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies


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