GPS Seminar: Gender equality in privileged migration: Exploring the narratives of European expat spouses in China
||2017-02-17 13:15 -- 2017-02-17 15:00
||Department of Global Political Studies, Lounge room, 9th floor, Niagara building
||Open for all
Welcome to the GPS Seminar with Brigitte Suter, PhD, Department of Global Political Studies. Discussant: Kristin Järvstad, Associate Professor, Department of Global Political Studies.
Both Sweden and Switzerland cover the top rankings of global gender equality indexes. Nevertheless, while both countries show a high percentage of women in the work force, policies aiming at equality both at work and at home vary significantly. In Sweden, ideology-driven government policies have aimed at facilitating gender equality both at work and in the home since the 1970s, and over the years, gender equality has become engrained in Swedish national identity. The more pragmatic Swiss political approach produced fewer such policies and gender equality is not an essential feature of the national identity. With migration gender ideologies are transferred to an often very different socioeconomic context. My presentation looks at how international migration impacts on the family-work relations of Swedish and Swiss expat families when moving to China, and seeks to shed light on how these ideologies of gender equality and their gaps in real life are lived, negotiated and justified.
The presentation is based on the project Skilled migration to globalising China: An ethnographic study on migrants' incorporation, transnationality and national identity in Shanghai (Marie Curie COFAS Fellowship, 2016-2019).