Geographies of gendered migration: Place as difference and connection

Kofman, Eleonore and Raghuram, Parvati (2020). Geographies of gendered migration: Place as difference and connection. In: Datta, Anindita; Hopkins, Peter; Johnston, Lynda; Olson, Elizabeth and Silva, Joseli Maria eds. Routledge Handbook of Gender and Feminist Geographies. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 244–253.



In the past two decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in migration and its gendered nature as the population on the move has grown. In this chapter, we will explore the reasons for its importance, the key achievements of existing research and some future directions. Towards this end, we explore how one key geographical concept, place, is deployed in two ways: as a marker of difference; and through theorizations that connect places in different ways. In doing so, it highlights how geographies of gendered migration bring place into play in various ways.

The chapter begins with an empirical outline of gendered migration processes, including some of the key stocks and flows in contemporary migration at a time when the numbers, theorizations and research questions that female migration poses are receiving increasing attention. The subsequent section identifies selected significant concerns that have shaped theoretical discussions of gendered migration and draws out how place has been viewed in these debates. The chapter ends by summarizing a research agenda for geographies of migration that encompasses both missing geographies and incomplete theorizations.

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