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Gendering international student migration: an Indian case-study

Sondhi, Gunjan and King, Russell (2017). Gendering international student migration: an Indian case-study. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(8) pp. 1308–1324.

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Abstract

Despite the mainstreaming of gender perspectives into migration research, very few attempts have been made to gender international student migration. This paper poses three questions about Indian students who study abroad. Are there gender differences in their motivations? How do they negotiate their gendered everyday lives when abroad? Is the return to India shaped by gender relations? An online survey of Indian study-abroad students (n = 157), and in-depth interviews with Indian students in Toronto (n = 22), returned students in New Delhi (n = 21), and with parents of students abroad (n = 22) help to provide answers. Conceptually, the paper draws on a ‘gendered geographies of power’ framework and on student migration as an embodied process subject to ‘matrices of (un)intelligibility’. We find minimal gender-related differences in motivations to study abroad, except that male students are drawn from a wider social background. However, whilst abroad, both male and female Indian students face challenges in performing their gendered identities. The Indian patrifocal family puts greater pressure on males to return; females face greater challenges upon return.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1469-9451
Keywords: International student migration; Indian students abroad; gendered geographies of power; embodiment, performativity, return migration
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 49406
Depositing User: Gunjan Sondhi
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2019 08:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49406
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