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Thesis

"The Both of Us Have Battled": The Practices and Politics of Female Partners in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program

Date

2007

Authors

Christina Hanson

Abstract

Through an analysis of qualitative, ethnographic data, I locate the narratives of nine Mexican women married to migrants within the context of capitalist globalization, state policies, and local gender ideologies. In doing so, I advocate for a theoretical approach to migration which combines elements of structural theories of migration and network theoretical approaches. These women's narratives position them at the juncture of capitalism and other social relations, and show them to be active agents in migration. Not only is their labour critical to the maintenance of migration patterns and the capitalist relations into which migrants and non-migrants are incorporated, but women's labour is also imbued with social meanings.

Number of pages

96

University

Simon Fraser University

Academic department

Latin American Studies

Degree

M.A.

Place published

Vancouver

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis

Regulation domains

Labour standards, Newcomers integration programs, and Family reunification

Geographical focuses

Canada, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Other provinces, Federal, and Nova Scotia

Spheres of activity

Anthropology and Gender and sexuality studies

Languages

English