Gender and Transnational Migration
General Catalog Course Title:
Gender and Transnational Migration
Terms Offered:
Fall 2011

This course examines how migrants are made visible or invisible through gendered cultural
discourses and political strategies. On the basis of labor, residential, and educational patterns,
immigrants are made either highly visible or absent from public discourse and politics,
symbolically feminized or made hyper-masculine.  Examples will be proposed and chosen with
the students’ input, drawing mainly from comparisons of various waves of immigration, looking
at the turn of the 19th century, early 20th century, the post-1965 era, and contemporary Asian and
Latino waves. Feminist theories and practices will be applied to current debates on migration,
and globalization.  The course will consider the question of the presence or absence of migrants in
the imaginary, and the recurrent gender binaries in immigration discourse (legal/illegal,
female/male, wealthy/poor, white/black, urban/rural, marginal/cosmopolitan). In analyzing
the ways in which migrant people and communities ―become visible‖, the course will look at the
social forces that create gendered forms of embodiment and participation in contemporary

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