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‘Wives left-behind: A study of the impacts of men’s international labour migration on their wives in Bangladesh’

Location:
The Council Chamber, Main Arts Building, Bangor University
Time:
Wednesday 20 March 2019, 13:30–14:30
Presenter:
School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Contact:
Dr Marcel Stoetzler

Wives left-behind: A study of the impacts of men’s international labour migration on their wives in Bangladesh’

Marzana Kamal (Bangor University)

Studies at the intersection of gender and labour migration have largely focused on female migrants. But in many developing countries, labour migrants remain predominantly male and their wives stay behind. This paper analyses the changes in women’s status due to their husbands’ international migration. Data includes: 51 semi-structured interviews and participant observation in two districts of Bangladesh: Bogra and Munsiganj. The former consists of remote villages while the latter is suburban. The preliminary analysis suggests that men’s migration does not bring transformative changes in social values to advance women’s status.

Marzana Kamal is a third year PhD student in Sociology and Social Policy at Bangor University. Prior to this, she completed her MA in Gender and International Development from University of Warwick, as a Commonwealth Shared Scholar.