WOMEN AND MIGRATION IN OHIO AND OAXACA
Abstract This research project consists of 18 life history interviews with women from the rural community of La Barra, Oaxaca in Mexico. My main research question asks what are some of the differences between rural women who migrate to the US and women who stay behind in Mexico? This research draws from ethnographic studies about Mexican migration and feminist-based anthropological literature about Latina migration. The interviews took place with migrant women from La Barra who came to Hamilton, a city in southwest Ohio, and their female relatives who are still living in La Barra. These interviews were based on a questionnaire that asked about household composition, kinship, economic activities, and migration. My analysis of the case studies, demographic data, and kinship patterns within this bi-national sample revealed that there are clear demographic differences between women who migrate and women who do not in La Barra, and that these differences could facilitate women’s decision to migrate. However, qualitative data about the subjective experience of migration is also important in understanding the decision making process, and I found that women’s life experiences influenced their decisions to migrate or stay at home in ways that sometimes transcend their other characteristics.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:oaxaca women migration ethnographic methods gender
Date of Publication:01/01/2007