Globalization is the result of the exchange of ideas, peoples, goods, capital, information and technologies, and the general compression of time and distances. Families respond in different ways to the challenges and opportunities offered by globalization. In this session we hope to bring together research areas that are often separate. There is interesting work being done on the family structures and practices of different immigrant ethnic and cultural groups; on the impact of policies and practices of multiculturalism on families; and on the ways generations of immigrant families interact and negotiate change. In this session we encourage contributors, using a feminist perspective, to address aspects of the following: transnational migration; intergenerational, familial and gender relations; the realities of multiculturalism policies and politics for families; and cultural and ethnic transmissions across generation. We also welcome papers relating to various effects of globalization and transnational migration on families e.g. the impact on family structure, economics, work, functions, culture, media, relationships, education, and government policies. The goal of this session is to develop a more sophisticated analysis of these topics and to highlight the relations between gender, race, class, ethnicity and cultural diversity as they play out in the everyday lives of transnational migrants.
Session Organizers: Rina Cohen, PhD, York University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Meg Luxton, York University, email@example.com; Guida Man, York University, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marilyn Porter, Memorial University, email@example.com
Negotiating Gender, Generation and Migration in a Transnational, Global Context
Session Code: SoFCY1
Session Chair: Guida Man, York University
Session Discussant: Marilyn Porter, York University