Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration

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George, Sheeba, M., WHEN WOMEN COME FIRST: GENDER AND CLASS IN TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION. University of California Press, 2005.

This book is the outcome of a research project undertaken for her doctoral thesis. It deals with the experience of a group of professional women (nurses), from the State Kerala, who migrates to the United States first and then brings their families later. She examined how the women and their husbands adjusted their respective roles at work, home and community and how transnational connections enables them to find a new equilibrium in gender relations. Her in depth study was confined to a selected group of people living in mythical Central City who were members of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Kerala. Though she belongs to a family the likes of which she studied, she looks at the group both from inside and outside and is able to present a remarkably realistic picture.

The book is well written. The introduction, written in first person, lays out clearly the parameters of her study, though it gives at first an impression that the book is autobiographical in nature. That makes it easy to read. By the time one gets to her concluding chapter one realizes that it is a serious academic work in social science. …

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