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Carina Meares

Doctor of Philosophy, (Sociology)
Study Completed: 2007
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
From the Rainbow Nation to the Land of the Long White Cloud: Migration, Gender and Biography

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Dr Meares used a biographical narrative method to describe and analyse the gendered experience of migration from South Africa to New Zealand. She conducted in-depth interviews with South African migrants from divergent groups, intensively analysed their ‘migration stories’ and generated a series of detailed individual case studies. After noting the incidence of migration-related disruption across each of the case studies, she used the idea of biographical disruption to develop new ways of describing, explaining and representing the gendered experience of international migration. Dr Meares used these tools to examine the effect of migration on the gender dynamics of South African migrants’ intimate relationships, concluding that international migration affects gender dynamics in diverse and sometimes contradictory ways.

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