Roads of inequality: Gender, migration trajectories and the division of labour
Dr Ursula Henz (Department of Sociology)
Dr Patrick McGovern (Department of Sociology)
Dr Fabien Accominotti (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology)
Gender, Migration, Quantitative methods, welfare states and border states.
International migrations and modern means of transportation and communication make it easier for people to meet, and to tie and maintain relationships across borders and national origins. The rising attention to family migration and reunification as the main entryway into Europe has been associated with greater interest in migrants- immigrants in particular – and in migrant and migrant-native families and couples. Long overlooked, migrant women are now established subjects of research, yet the (re)production of gender hierarchies and inequalities throughout and as a result of migration remains in the background of migration studies, especially when formulated in quantitative terms.
This PhD research is a comparative study of migrant and migrant-native couples’ trajectories and gendered dynamics in France and Britain. Starting on a critical examination – historical and political – of survey data on migrants and migration in both countries, it investigates the difficulty and the necessity of considering migration as a gendered experience of mobility – that is, not simply who migrates, or how many migrates, but how people migrate, with whom,and at what point in their life. Using Understanding Society and Trajectoires et Origines data, the research models and weighs in the complex imbrication of migration in the life course through sequences of migration and family formation, which it ultimately connects to patterns of paid and unpaid labour division between partnered women and men. How do trajectories of ‘global love’ affect gender relations and under what conditions of gender, class, race? What does this say about nation-states, as border states and welfare states?
- 2020 [forthcoming]. (with Vincent Dubois) “’Welfare fraud’ in questions: the naturalization of a political issue in light of parliamentary questions a the French National Assembly (1986-2017)”, Revue Française de Science Politique, September 2020 issue.
Conference papers and presentations:
- 2020 [forthcoming, reported to 2021] (with Léa Renard). “‘Isn’t it just an interaction effect?’ Survey data, statistical methods and intersectional failures" Upcoming presentation at the Gender, Work and Organization 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Kent, stream 16 ‘The Present and Future of Intersectionality: Controversies, Challenges, Transformations and Opportunities’
- 2019. "Who does what in the end? The sexual division of labour in migrant-native couples or how to connect gendered trajectories and gendered outcomes of migration" – 2019 Understanding Society scientific conference, session ’Employment & gender’. University of Essex.
- 2018. “Gender through migration, migration through gender: Age, age gap and the sexual division of labour in couples” Workshop “Family Migration Processes in a Comparative Perspective: Causes, Patterns, Effects”, WissenschaftsForum, Berlin.
- 2017. “Manufacturing Indicators of Mixedness: How Statistics Come to Obscure Gender” 2017 European Sociological Association conference, Session ’Women’s and gender studies’, Athens.
- 2017. “Social Fraud” into questions: the rise of a political theme analysed through parliamentary questions (1986-2016)”, with V. Dubois. 2017 Congress of the French Association of Political Science, Session ’In the shadow of the law. Parliamentary work and political life’, Montpellier.
- 2017. “The Gender of Inequalities: Migration and Inequalities in Transnational Couples”. 2017 Berlin Doctoral summer school, Berlin.