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Migration, gender and low-paid work: on migrant men’s entry dynamics into the feminised social care work in the UK

Hussein, Shereen, Christensen, Karen (2016) Migration, gender and low-paid work: on migrant men’s entry dynamics into the feminised social care work in the UK. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (5). pp. 749-765. ISSN 1369-183X. E-ISSN 1469-9451. (doi:10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202751) (KAR id:68302)


The literature on workers in gender atypical occupations has been dominated by a focus on women doing men’s work. Much less attention has been paid to men in women’s work, and even less to the impact of migration. Based on 28 in-depth interviews with migrant men having experiences of working in hands-on social care in England, this article is a contribution to the understanding of migrant men’s entry dynamics into a female-dominated occupation. Focusing on migrant life experiences, it discusses how they actively engage in three entry dynamics: (1) facing barriers and negotiating them, (2) ‘stumbling upon’ women’s work, then developing compensating strategies and (3) migratory/temporary settling into the sector. The article suggests a theory about lifelong ‘travelling’ when entering women’s work: a continuing process of negotiating work options within a specific historical sector context, the intersection of gender and migration being part of this.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202751
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1202751 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND MIGRATION STUDIES [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: Gender atypical occupations, life course analysis, labour mobility, long-term care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 00:05 UTC
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