Foregrounding the ways in which men experience transnational migration, Migratory Men: Place, Transnationalism and Masculinities considers how we conceptualise and theorise mobile men in a global context.

Bringing together studies from around the world (e.g. Australia, Pakistan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Italy), this collection foregrounds how the transnational migratory experience profoundly reshapes men’s complex identity practices. Specifically, the collection highlights how transnational migratory aspirations and experiences often lead men to reimagine local patterns of masculinity and/or reaffirm prescriptive gender roles as they encounter new spaces/places. In presenting interdisciplinary research, the international scholars consider the powerful roles of economics, politics and social class in shaping masculinities. Furthermore, the contributors emphasise how men affectively and agentically experience migration and how interaction with new spaces/places can often lead to negotiations between disempowerment and empowerment.

As such, this collection will appeal to both non-academic readers who share transnational migratory aspirations and experiences and academic readers across the social sciences with interests in gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora, transnationalism and contemporary masculinities.

chapter |12 pages


ByGarth Stahl, Yang Zhao

part I|45 pages

Textual representations

chapter 1|14 pages

Contemporary Arab-American masculinities written by women

Intersections of transnationalism, ageing and affect
ByMarta Bosch-Vilarrubias

chapter 2|13 pages

Postcolonial migration as an escape from emasculation

The satanic verses and the Indian middle-class quest for masculinity
BySayan Chattopadhyay

chapter 3|16 pages

Boys to men

Shifting literary representations of racialised migrant boys in Australia
ByDylan Holdsworth, Gilbert Caluya

part II|48 pages

Emotional lifeworlds, masculinities of care and familial life

chapter 4|15 pages

Degrees of care

Theorising the masculinities of Indian international students in Australian universities
ByAndrew Deuchar

chapter 5|15 pages

Breaking the state of exception

Post-coloniality, masculinity and political agency among racialised refugee men in Sicily
ByMarco Palillo

chapter 6|16 pages

Muslim masculinities under siege?

Masculinity, religion and migration in the life stories of Muslim men married outside their religious group in Belgium and Italy
ByFrancesco Cerchiaro

part III|50 pages

Economics and labour

chapter 7|14 pages

Entrepreneurs of desperation

Young men and migration in interior Tunisia
ByKarim Zakhour

chapter 8|16 pages

Be your own boss

The role of digital labour platforms in producing migrant masculinity(ies)
ByPeter James (PJ) Holtum, Lutfun Lata, Greg Marston

chapter 9|18 pages

Globalisation, masculinities and the domestic space

Men employing migrant reproductive workers in Italy
ByEster Gallo, Francesca Scrinzi

part IV|47 pages

Postcolonialism and othering

chapter 10|15 pages

Protective migrant masculinity

Between marginalisation and privilege
ByKatarzyna Wojnicka

chapter 12|16 pages

Postcolonial histories, state containment and securing (dis)locating young masculinities in a transnational urban space

ByMaírtin Mac an Ghaill, Chris Haywood, Xiaodong Lin

part V|69 pages

Multi-site imaginaries

chapter 13|16 pages

Masculine anxieties of undocumented South Asian male agricultural workers in Greece

Productive use of bordering regimes and potential emasculation by racial capitalism
ByReena Kukreja

chapter 14|16 pages

Migration trajectories in Southern Africa

The masculinity fix between Maputo and Johannesburg
BySofia Aboim

chapter 15|16 pages

Migratory masculinities and vulnerabilities

Temporality and affect in the lives of irregularised Pakistani men
ByUsman Mahar

chapter 16|19 pages

‘I came to Australia with very big hope, big wishes, big goals’

Applying ‘mobility work’ and ‘resettlement work’ to explore the emotional labour and subaltern masculinities of refugee-background men
ByDaile Lynn Rung, Heidi Hetz, David Radford