Femininities and Masculinities in Highly Skilled Migration : Peruvian Graduates’ Narratives of Employment Transitions and Binational Marriages in Switzerland

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Title
Femininities and Masculinities in Highly Skilled Migration : Peruvian Graduates’ Narratives of Employment Transitions and Binational Marriages in Switzerland
Journal
Migration Letters
Author(s)
Seminario Romina
ISSN
1741-8984
Publication state
Published
Issued date
31/12/2017
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
15
Number
1
Pages
85-98
Language
english
Abstract
Biographic research about migrant’s gender identities grasps tendencies of normativity change
chronologically and transnationally. Transition to employment stories of Peruvian graduates from
Swiss universities evoke continuities and changes in femininities and masculinities from Peru to
Switzerland. Binational marriages that mediate employment transition after graduation play an
ambivalent role in the attainment of jobs commensurate to skills. Career, partner, and care are
key elements of transgressing and reinforcing non/hegemonic masculinities and un/desirable
femininities from super scientist women to failing male breadwinners. Feminization of highly
skilled migration from Peru is linked to urban middle classes where femininities are increasingly
based on career advancement. However, these professional-oriented femininities might be
neutralized in favour of care-oriented femininities from family models in Switzerland. While
Peruvian female graduates constructed an ideal of care/career integration predominantly, male
counterparts emphasized the risk of career success at the expense of partnership.
Keywords
Highly skilled migration, binational marriages, gender norms, Switzerland, Peru
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