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The gendered desire to become cosmopolitan: South Korean women's motivations for migration to the UK

Kim, Young Jeong (2010) The gendered desire to become cosmopolitan: South Korean women's motivations for migration to the UK. Women's Studies International Forum, 33 (5). pp. 433-442. ISSN 0277-5395

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Abstract

This paper explores the reasons for women's migration from Korea to the UK. It is difficult to explain away this migration with the common rationales, such as a gendered international division of labour or a strong political/colonial relationship between two countries. This study proposes a gendered desire approach to understand young women's migration: rather than a single motivating factor such as an economic purpose, the desire for new way of life-including the expectation of better social circumstances as well as realistic needs for future careers-triggers women's migration. I will look at individual migrant women's life stories, applying the biographical approach within the framework of gendered desire. Their memories of family, school life, and work show how the Korean social atmosphere emphasises becoming a "global citizen" influences these women's migration in a gendered way. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/wsif
Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: UT ISI:000282713200001
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 13:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29792/

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