The effects of gendered social capital on U.S. migration: a comparison of four Latin American countries

Cote, Rochelle R., Jensen, Jessica Eva, Roth, Louise Marie and Way, Sandra M. (2015) The effects of gendered social capital on U.S. migration: a comparison of four Latin American countries. Demography, 52 3: 989-1015. doi:10.1007/s13524-015-0396-z


Author Cote, Rochelle R.
Jensen, Jessica Eva
Roth, Louise Marie
Way, Sandra M.
Title The effects of gendered social capital on U.S. migration: a comparison of four Latin American countries
Journal name Demography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1533-7790
0070-3370
Publication date 2015-06
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13524-015-0396-z
Open Access Status
Volume 52
Issue 3
Start page 989
End page 1015
Total pages 27
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article contributes to understandings of gendered social capital by analyzing the effects of gendered ties on the migration of men and women from four Latin American countries (Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic) to the United States. The research theorizes the importance of strong and weak ties to men and women in each sending country as a product of the gender equity gap in economic participation (low/high) and incidence of female-led families (low/high). The findings reveal that ties to men increase the odds of migration from countries where gender equity and incidence of female-led families are low, while ties to women are more important for migration from countries where gender equity and female-led families are high. Previous research on migration and social capital details the importance of network ties for providing resources and the role of gender in mediating social capital quality and access to network support. Results reveal that not only are different kinds of ties important to female and male migration, but migrants from different countries look to different sources of social capital for assistance.
Keyword Gendered migration
Social capital
Social networks
Latin America
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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