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Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives

Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives REVIEW Pardis Mahdavi Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016 216 pages. ISBN 9780804798839 Reviewed by EMANUELA BUSCEMI Pardis Mahdavi’s Crossing the Gulf is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Arabian Gulf that investigated immobilities and mobilities as well as familial love in the lives of migrant workers. Although her data concentrate mainly on Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), her arguments are relevant to other countries in the area with a signifi- cant presence of domestic workers. The book offers a deeply original reading of migration and intimacy. Crossing the Gulf investigates the intimate lives of migrants, particularly how bonds of love and family influence their emotional, social, and physical mobilities and immobilities. Mahdavi draws on a vast array of interviews conducted with migrant workers, activists, government officials, and the staff of international organizations in the receiving countries of Kuwait and the UAE and the sending countries of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, and Madagascar. She met her interlocutors in cafés, jails, shelters, embassies, grassroots organizations’ offices, and private houses. Crossing the Gulf offers a rich and multidimensional problematization of migrant journeys and the life choices of foreign workers. The scope of the book is threefold. It http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

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Copyright © 2019 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-7273790
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REVIEW Pardis Mahdavi Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016 216 pages. ISBN 9780804798839 Reviewed by EMANUELA BUSCEMI Pardis Mahdavi’s Crossing the Gulf is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Arabian Gulf that investigated immobilities and mobilities as well as familial love in the lives of migrant workers. Although her data concentrate mainly on Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), her arguments are relevant to other countries in the area with a signifi- cant presence of domestic workers. The book offers a deeply original reading of migration and intimacy. Crossing the Gulf investigates the intimate lives of migrants, particularly how bonds of love and family influence their emotional, social, and physical mobilities and immobilities. Mahdavi draws on a vast array of interviews conducted with migrant workers, activists, government officials, and the staff of international organizations in the receiving countries of Kuwait and the UAE and the sending countries of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, and Madagascar. She met her interlocutors in cafés, jails, shelters, embassies, grassroots organizations’ offices, and private houses. Crossing the Gulf offers a rich and multidimensional problematization of migrant journeys and the life choices of foreign workers. The scope of the book is threefold. It

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2019

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