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Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity

Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity

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June 2018 | 320 pages | SAGE India
This volume, the first in the series entitled Women and Migration in Asia, focuses on Asian women`s experience of immigration and the impact this has on their identity in the context of transnational migration. It highlights the gendered dimension of migration, the differential experience of men and women, and the consequences of this for women. It also examines the complexities that women encounter in the process of migration, emphasizing both the constraints that women experience, and the strategies they deploy in making life in the new country more bearable.

The volume draws attention to the fluid nature of a migrant woman`s identity while also pointing out that this fluidity and her identity are regulated to a certain extent by the state and various social institutions. Moreover, it examines the manner in which she negotiates with these larger institutions and structures—such as the state, employers, the community and welfare institutions—and how these engagements help in defining and restructuring her identity in different ways.
Meenakshi Thapan
Making Incomplete

Identity, Woman and the State

Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff
From India to an Indian Diaspora to a Mauritian Diaspora
Back-linking as a Means for Women to Feel Good Locally

Nilufar Ahmed
Women in Between
The Case of Bangladeshi Women Living in London

Aparna Rayaprol
Being American, Learning to be Indian
Gender and Generation in the Context of Transnational Migration

Santi Rozario
Singular Predicaments
Unmarried Female Migrants and the Changing Bangladeshi Family

Parin Dossa
Breaking the Silence
Identity Politics and Social Suffering

Irene Gedalof
Women, Home and Belonging in UK Immigration Policy
Christine Delphy
Gender, Race and Racism
The Ban of the Islamic Headscarf in France

Sunera Thobani
Cultured Girls
Race, Multiculturalism and the Canadian State

Maitrayee Chaudhuri
Betwixt the State and Everyday Life
Identity Formation Among Bengali Migrants in a Delhi Slum


"Transnational migration and its impact on female identity couldn't be more timely. The strengths of the book can be found in the narratives and the variety of identity issues."

Linda K. Richter
Kansas State University

The book is interesting to read and useful for those working in the field of migration and women studies.

Pakistan Development Review

The volume is an anthology of articles contributed by eminent scholars affiliated to prestigious universities on an international level…. The book provides an opportunity to understand the complex nature of identity issues of migrant women.


This is the first of the five volumes stemming from a conference on women and migration in Asia, held in Delhi in December 2003. The collective enterprise aims at understanding the implications of migration processes for women within and across Asian societies and globally.

Economic and Political Weekly

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