Gender and Culture of Migration

Dr. Caroline B. Brettell, Tower Center Fellow, wrote about how migration is a gendered process that operates within local, national, and transnational cultures of migration. Conceptually, gender encompasses the social construction of differences between women and men (gender roles and relations), as well as gender ideologies or the ideas and expectations that define men and women within particular social or cultural contexts (Brettell 2016). Viewing migration through a gendered lens emphasizes how gender roles and relations, as well as gender ideologies, impact and are impacted by geographical mobility in sending and receiving societies. Read more here.