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By Rohit (ed) Barot

The editors, famous for his or her paintings on gender and ethnicity, have compiled this publication as one of many first explorations of the social terrain occupied by way of either one of those key dimensions of social conception and human adventure. their very own introductory essay, and the contribution of Annie Phizacklea, provide a advisor to concept and idea within the box when the most physique of the ebook offers a chain of interesting case-studies and unique researches. In what methods are gender and ethnic identities complementary or competing? Does ethnic switch unavoidably entail swap in gender identities and do adjustments in gender roles truly paved the way in effecting ethnic switch? those and similar questions are explored via targeted and delicate bills of Punjabi households in Scotland and England, Hindu widows, the legislation affecting family members and migration, hybrid identities within the African and Asian diasporas, Surinamese networks in Amsterdam, Black nurses in Britain and gender identification in post-Soviet Latvia.

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But we would also stress that a concern with the local and the diverse is hardly new. Good sociology has always appreciated that social relationships manifest themselves in specific concrete forms. Thus the old and the new can both contribute to the best research practice. A further recent methodological trend has been the attention given to the role of narrative within the practice of social science. This arises from the challenge offered both by postmodernism and feminism to the claims of natural science and its associated methodologies to hold privileged access to truth.

Thus at a macro level we are analysing a situation where the ‘push’ factors determining outward migration are low wages and living standards, and in many cases high levels of structural unemployment, while the ‘pull’ factors are migration destinations that offer employment and higher wages. At a micro level the model assumes that individuals make rational choices about migration, that they weigh up the costs and benefits and will move to the destination which maximizes the net return on migration.

They are ‘surplus’ to the agricultural base and packed off to work as maids in urban areas. Radcliffe (1993, p. 283) sums up the process as follows: As female offsprings’ labour does not contribute to the household economy, its expulsion becomes an option for poorer households. This is not necessarily for reasons of high returns on labour as posited in the neo-classical models. When female members enter external labour markets, the return on their labour power is not significant, and in comparison to that predicted in neo-classical models .

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