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Immigrant men and domestic life - renegotiating the patriarchal bargain?

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by Bob PeaseBob Pease
In this chapter I examine domestic practices in migrant families through interviews with immigrant men who were asked to talk about the impact that migration and displacement had upon their attitudes and behaviour in relation to their gendered roles. How are their personal and domestic relationships with women affected by migration? How do they feel about any changes in gender roles and the division of domestic labour? How do they feel about the perceived and experienced changes in gendered power?

The aim of the chapter is to explore how gendered power operates within particular immigrant groups. Given that the literature argues that migration influences the relations between men and women (Shahidian 1999)" a critical examination of immigrant men's experience of masculinity may shed some light on how gender-based inequalities in migrant communities are enacted. It has already been noted in this book how little we know about the effects of migration on men's domestic relations (Hibbins and Pease in this volume). Hibbins and I have argued that immigrant men need to renegotiate their gender identity as they relate their own cultural understandings of masculinity to the meanings and practices in the dominant culture. In this chapter I explore what this process of negotiation means for immigrant men's involvement in domestic work and family life.

History

Chapter number

5

Pagination

79-95

ISBN-13

9780415994859

ISBN-10

0415994853

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis

Extent

12

Editor/Contributor(s)

Donaldson M, Hibbins R, Howson R, Pease B

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

Title of book

Migrant men critical studies of masculinities and the migration experience

Series

Routledge Research in Gender and Society

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