Migration in the modern world, rather than being seen as a symptom or result of underdevelopment, is now understood more as a route towards development and a strategy for alleviating poverty. This study of Albania is particularly significant in this new debate on migration and development as, since the fall of communism, remittances have been a major supporter of the Albanian economy, sustaining many Albanian families, especially in rural areas. The authors thus focus on the socio-cultural context of remittances, and explore how gender emerges as a powerful facet in the processes of development. It will therefore be of interest to scholars and students in Migration Studies, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Geography and Anthropology, as well as offering vital analysis for policy-makers, donors and civil society activists engaged in development planning and migration management.
About the Author
Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. He is the co-author of 'Out of Albania: From Crisis Migration to Social Inclusion in Italy' (2008), and editor of the 'Jourbanal of Ethnic and Migration Studies'. Julie Vullnetari is Visiting Research Fellow and Associate Tutor at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex. She holds a DPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, and has published widely in peer-reviewed international jourbanals such as 'International Migration' and 'Global Networks'.
Table of Contents
• Mapping the Field: Migration, Development, Remittances and Gender
• Albanian Migration, Remittances and Gender Dynamics
• The Gendered Transnational Household
• Remittance Flows, Patterns and Processes: The Shaping Role of Gender
• Migration-Development-Remittance-Gender: What Role for Policy Makers?
• Conclusion and Policy Implications