This original collection brings a feminist, intersectional and interdisciplinary lens to question the seemingly innocuous 'and' in discussions of gender and migration. Organised around themes of visibility, vulnerability, violence and credibility, the book represents an important conceptual and political engagement that should be required reading for everyone interested in contemporary power and injustice. Highly recommended. - Professor Rosalind Gill, King's College, London 'All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away and we are at last compelled to face with sober senses our real condition of life and our relations with our kind. Reading this book you think that this is, what the authors want. They doubt every concept and its opposition. In fact they question the whole way of the organization of concepts in their field of research and since they rely on empirical facts they challenge the whole research in gender and migration as well as their political consequences. Reading this book, which is highly recommended, you are swept into postcolonial countries as well as into the old heart of Europe and you will necessarily loose the sense of innocence and neutrality in relation to your own thinking and conceptualizing.' - Frigga Haug, The Berlin Institute of Critical Theory 'This book makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on the gendered character of migrations as well as that of states and societies ' responses to them. Although diverse and multidisciplinary, the book's contributors are united in using feminist anti racist perspectives in their analyses, relating various controversies arising out of gendered migrations into various contemporary contested and intersected political projects of belonging.' - Nira Yuval-Davis "This is a theoretically rich exploration of gender and migration. The editors have brought together authors from a range of different countries and continents to produce a book that is cutting edge in its interdisciplinary engagement with theory as central to the understanding of the gendered impact of migration. This timely and courageous book addresses major global issues such as trafficking, domestic violence, poverty and mental health and focuses on children and adults and men as well as women. Each chapter covers crucial issues, but the collection as a whole makes key interventions in understandings of policy and humanitarian issues. It is provocative and imaginative in its careful, scholarly and accessible treatment of issues frequently taken for granted by governments, international agencies and human rights activists. It deserves to become essential reading, not only in a variety of academic disciplines, but by those working in, and legislating about, migration as well as the wider public.A" - Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education 'This edited volume offers a comprehensive review of compelling issues facing women on the moveA" and those who accompany them in receiving countriesA". It discusses many of the gapsA" in basic services which all too frequently fail to offer basic necessities required by international conventions to which these countries are signators. The authors draw on critical legal studies and feminist theory to expose the complex interplay between cultural and universal principles that inform refugee and asylum policies and practices. As importantly the text offers a framework for analyzing post 9/11 securitization and surveillance and its implications for women globally. Authors critically interrogate the all too frequent tendencies of those, including feminists, who homogenize and universalize the diversities of migrants' experiences, failing to understand their particularities, how racism constrains many of their options and how power circulates in oppressive and liberating ways as they engage their transnational families and communities. The book is theoretically dense yet accessible, empirically sound, cutting new ground in problematizing the use of visual resources with non-literate or informally educated women - identifying the camera's empowering possibilities while cautioning against its use as an instrument of surveillance in the hands of the state and well-intended researchers. This is a must-read for anyone in the ever-widening fields of international relations and migration studies.' - M. Brinton Lykes, Professor of Community and Cultural Psychology, Boston College 'This is a vibrant and timely contribution to a growing body of critical work on gender and migration. The diverse contexts and range of conceptual and methodological offerings presented in this book together form a powerful interrogation not only of issues concerning migration discourse, but of feminist theory and practice as well. This book is a critical resource for 21st century feminist scholars, practitioners, activists, students and policymakers.' - Jude Clark (PhD), School of Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
About the Author
Ingrid Palmary is a senior researcher in the Forced Migration Studies Progamme at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg. She has written on a range of topics including gender based violence in times of armed conflict, the gendered nature of displacement and the intersections of 'domestic' and 'political' violence. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book International Feminisms.
Peace Kiguwa lectures in Psychology and currently Gender and Human Rights at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is co-editor on Critical Psychology and The Gender of Psychology (both UCT press releases). Her research interests include critical studies in race and gender issues. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Erica Burman is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies in Manchester Metropolitan University. As a feminist developmental psychologist, critical social researcher and group analyst, she has written extensively on gender, culture and mental health issues, the role of psychology in international development policy and practice, on the politics and affects of (gendered) representations of childhood (both remembered and depicted) including on relationships between women and children, and on transnational violence and migration as this affects state responses to women and children. Her most recent books Deconstructing Developmental Psychology (Routledge, 2008) and Developments: child, image, nation (Routledge, 2008) reflect these themes.
Khatidja Chantler is a lecturer and researcher in Social Work at the University of Manchester. She has undertaken a range of research projects including Attempted Suicide and Self-harm (S. Asian women); Domestic Violence and Minoritisation; Forced Marriage and Domestic and Sexual Violence in male, black, lesbian, gay and transgendered communities. She is also a counsellor and supervisor and has worked in health and social care settings for over 25 years. Publications include: British, European and International journal articles; book chapters and co-authored books: Attempted Suicide and Self-harm: South Asian Women and Domestic Violence and Minoritisation.