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“The more things change the more they stay the same”: Decision-making in Zimbabwean transnational families


  • Admire Chereni

    () (Centre for Anthropological Research, House No. 10, Research Village, University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus, Box 524 Auckland Park, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa.)


Whereas studies have documented socio-cultural changes connected to migration dynamics, there is a dearth of knowledge about decision-making in transnational fami-lies. This article seeks to understand transformations in decision-making in six Zim-babwean transnational families. This is done by examining qualitative data generated through semi-structured interviews with members of the migrant families. While ac-centuating the need for more research on interpersonal processes in transnational families, the article illustrates that shifts in gender roles may occur alongside gender-normative behaviours that maintain women in subordinate decision-making roles.

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  • Admire Chereni, 2014. "“The more things change the more they stay the same”: Decision-making in Zimbabwean transnational families," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(3), pages 341-352, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:3:p:341-352

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