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In: The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Psychology

Chapter 15: Crossing Borders: Intersectional Excursions intoGender and Immigration

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Crossing Borders: Intersectional Excursions intoGender and Immigration
Crossing Borders: Intersectional Excursions into Gender and Immigration
Kay DeauxRonni Michelle Greenwood
Introduction

The contemporary surge and global reach of immigration foster a generalized discourse in whichthe particulars of country, ethnicity, motivation, and outcome are often ignored and a genericconcept of ‘immigrant’ holds sway. Most importantly for our agenda, the specificity ofgender is frequently lost, either because all immigrants are subsumed in a general category withoutgender markers or because the male immigrant becomes prototypic. In contrast, we focus directly ongender, as it defines specific forms of immigrant experience and as it intersects with othercategories such as religion, ethnicity, and class.

As psychologists, we are most interested in the hows and whys of immigration experience:motivations that drive people to immigrate, ways in ...

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