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Title:Gendering the diaspora: Zimbabwean migrants in Britain
Author:Pasura, Dominic
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World
Geographic terms:Great Britain
gender roles
Abstract:This article on gender and migration analyses the performative and lived realities of the Zimbabwean diaspora in Britain. The author explores the way in which both public and private spaces of the diaspora are important arenas in the construction and reconstruction of gendered identities. Taking gender as a process rather than a state, the study explores the conflicts and contestations as men and women respond to life in Britain. The article is based on multi-sited ethnography among Zimbabweans in Britain, comprising 33 in-depth interviews and participant observation in four research sites, and draws upon concepts of diaspora and transnationalism as theoretical and analytical frameworks. The findings suggest that the challenges to patriarchal traditions in the hostland in terms of women's primary migrant status and financial autonomy, the different labour market experiences of men and women, and egalitarian laws have caused tensions and conflict within diaspora households. The article examines how men use religious and social spaces, which provide for the affirmation of more traditional roles and relations, as a form of public resistance to changes happening within the domestic sphere. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]