In week 1 and week 2, we discussed about our subjects of interest, and decided to work on topics in relation to feminism, immigration, integration, multiculturalism and national identity, and decided to focus on female immigrants and refugees. Especially focusing on how are the immigrant families integrated into local communities, and how the government policy have influence on this. We found out that some of the phrases in this topic are problematic and need further definition. For instance: what does ‘integration’ mean? Does it mean assimilate the immigrants, or embracing different cultures that are brought into the countries by them? Also in terms of immigrant families (especially women who enter the countries through marriage), we questions why the private sphere/lives as a family will be doubted and discussed as an issue in public, and being interfered by the government. As for refugees, it is noticeable that the voice of female refugees are usually not heard, yet they face many dangers that male refugees are less possible to encounter with, such as sexual abuse etc.
The potential research questions we comes up in the first two meeting are:
- What are the gendered differences in the experience of seeking refuge- , immigrating or integrating? Gender based violence that targets women exclusively
- Feminist critique of state institutions that perpetrate discrimination in regard to immigrant women specifically.
- Lack of labour market integration of migrant women, gender differences in societal integration
- Challenging mainstream immigration policies, which often focus on the male migrant worker, reinforcing a model of migrant women as unskilled, economically financially dependent, fulfilling the role of caretaker and assistance to the husband.
Normative aspects, ethics of immigration
Start with debate on contested terms: integration, nations
National community – Otherness. How do national community reinvent themselves in relation to what is considered Other and foreign?
Sources: documentaries, policy, discourse.