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Migration, gender and politics of development in Pacific Islands

Cangiano, Alessio and Torre, Andreea (2016) Migration, gender and politics of development in Pacific Islands. The Journal of Pacific Studies, 36 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1011-3029

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The general objective of this edited collection is to shed new light on significant gendered, social, economic and political aspects of the diverse Pacific Islands’ migratory landscape. The articles focus on some of the emerging patterns and development implications of current migration trends and policies in the region such as temporary and seasonal labour mobility, migrant women’s work in traditionally male-dominated sectors, strategies for managing environmentally-induced migration and the policies for coercive relocation of asylum seekers. Processes of internal mobility and their connection to challenges posed by rapid urbanisation in Melanesian countries, are also addressed in this collection. Without losing sight of global forces that have structured and still impact economies and patterns of mobility in the region, our approach situates the migration and development nexus within the context of Pacific Islands’ colonial legacies and post-colonial relations, economic and environmental vulnerabilities, and socio-cultural belongings. Ultimately, the gendered and situated perspectives deployed by the authors expose structured relations of power and unpack some of the problems and contradictions of current migration governance and related politics of development in the region, allowing for questions of accountability and responsibility to be addressed. This introduction sets the scene by providing an overview of mobility patterns in the South Pacific, identifying some key knowledge and evidence gaps in the regional literature, and synthesizing the conceptual approach and principal arguments put forward by the contributed articles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Alessio Cangiano
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2016 23:44
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2016 23:44

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