Beyond Borders: A Review of Diaspora and Female Immigrant Experience

Authors

  • Nagendra Bahadur Bhandari Department of English, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jps.v24i1.62861

Keywords:

Diaspora, South Asian female immigrant, intersectionality, autonomy, family dispute

Abstract

This article reviews the conceptualization of the diaspora and the inclusion of female immigrants’ experiences in diaspora studies. It surveys the changing notion of diaspora with the inclusion of varied groups of immigrants, including females. Then, it examines the previous research about female immigrants’ experiences, particularly focusing on South Asian female immigrants. Over time, the conceptualization of the diaspora has evolved from a perspective focused on victimhood to a more socially constructed view of identity formation that transcends the binary distinction between home and host countries. This broader conceptualization of diaspora includes various forms of transborder migration and settlement, allowing for a more inclusive examination of the experiences of female immigrants. In the beginning, women immigrants were often equated with male immigrants. However, as time passed, scholars started linking gender concerns with additional factors like social class, nationality, and ethnicity. In this context, the research on the experience of South Asian female immigrants revolves around changing gender roles and family dynamics, including contradictory aspects of whether migration reinforces domination or provides autonomy to South Asian female immigrants.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Abstract
38
PDF
30

Downloads

Published

2024-02-20

How to Cite

Bhandari, N. B. (2024). Beyond Borders: A Review of Diaspora and Female Immigrant Experience. Journal of Political Science, 24(1), 159–169. https://doi.org/10.3126/jps.v24i1.62861

Issue

Section

Original Article