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Coping practices and gender relations: Rohingya refugee forced migrations from Myanmar to India

Field, J; Pandit, A; Rajdev, M; (2021) Coping practices and gender relations: Rohingya refugee forced migrations from Myanmar to India. Gender, Place & Culture 10.1080/0966369X.2021.1997938. Green open access

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Abstract

Rohingya experiences of displacement and refuge are heavily gendered. Sexual and gender-based violence have been used as weapons against Rohingya women, men, girls and boys in Myanmar for decades. Trafficking and exploitation are rife on the flight out of the country, and host states such as India present their own gendered challenges to family survival and individual coping. In this paper, we examine how some of those violent and disruptive experiences have affected gender roles for individuals and families as they have fled Myanmar (often more than once) and sought refuge in India via Bangladesh. We present new insight into the dynamic subjectivity of Rohingya women as we show how, contrary to dominant depictions of passive victimhood, many have lead family migration across borders, taken up NGO/community leadership roles, or made the best ‘home’ possible within the limitations of the host context. This is because personal and family agency is sensitive to transitional opportunities and threats—i.e., gender norms of home and host contexts, interactions with host communities, and trust relations with NGOs, to name a few. Crucially, these social practices and experiences are not static or linear; they span

Type: Article
Title: Coping practices and gender relations: Rohingya refugee forced migrations from Myanmar to India
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2021.1997938
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2021.1997938
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, Women's Studies, Rohingya, gender, refugee women, agency, India, transitionality, WOMEN, POLITICS, VIOLENCE, BORDERS, AGENCY
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10142112
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