Gender and Migration


Chant, Sylvia H. 2003. “Gender and Migration.” In Gender in Latin America, edited by Sylvia H. Chant and Nikki Craske, 228-254. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Author: Sylvia H. Chant


Latin America’s highly mobile population is engaged in a vast and complex range of migration flows, most of which are characterized by gender selectivity. One of the main aims of this chapter is to detail the reasons for, and consequences of, the differential involvement of men and women in three of the most prominent migration patterns in the continent: rural-urban, temporary and international movements. The discussion also considers gender dimension of linkages between migrant source and destination areas, and the extent to which different aspects of migration interrelate with and impact upon gender roles, relations and identities. Analysis of these issues is preceded by a brief review of theoretical approaches to migration.

Keywords: rural-urban, temporary labor

Topics: Displacement & Migration, Migration, Gender, Gender Roles, Gendered Power Relations Regions: Americas, Caribbean countries, Central America, North America, South America

Year: 2003

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