Transnational Metropolism: A Gender Analysis of Caribbean Migrant Experiences in Paris, France

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2010

Project Description/Abstract

Collection of personal narratives of women and men of the Francophone Caribbean diaspora living in Paris, to gain insight into the ways in which they understand and explain their experiences as new members of this global city. Their stories will shed light on how the postcolonial metropolis is increasingly becoming a gendered space of hybrid identity formation through the politics of inclusion and exclusion.1 The project foregrounds the intersection of gender ideologies 2 and practices – an all-too often overlooked terrain in work on postcolonial urban spaces – with other features of identity, including race and ethnicity. In so doing, the research seeks to document and explain everyday gendered immigrant realities and experiences, situating them within wider process of mass migration, thereby underscoring the applicability of narrative tools to social problems.

1 See “Disengaged Immigrant: Mapping the Francophone Caribbean Metropolis: By Dawn Fulton, In French Forum, Winter/Spring 2007, Vol. 32, Nos. 1-2, pp.245-262.

2 Gender ideologies refer to “patterns of ideas shaping beliefs, attitudes and values about appropriate identities and behaviors of men and women.” Christine Barrow 1998. “Introduction.” In Caribbean Portraits: Essays on Gender Ideology and Identity, ed. C. Barrow. Ian Randle Publishers and the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, UWI Mona 1998.

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