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Transnational LGBTQ Migration Study in South Korea


This project examines how lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and trans (LBTQ) people use skilled labor facilitating policies and stepping stone migration strategies to navigate inconsistent transnational LGBTQ rights policies. South Korea does not recognize same-sex relationships nor protect against anti-LGBTQ discrimination but does not criminalize homosexuality. Research on LGBTQ migration considers LGBTQ rights and same-sex relationship recognition among the most important pull factors for migration, so why did the LBTQ migrants interviewed choose to stay in South Korea? How do LBTQ migrants maintain mixed citizenship relationships and build families in South Korea?


Work that will be assigned to research assistants:

RAs will assist with data processing by transcribing a set of English language interviews. They will then conduct preliminary data analysis by coding that set of interviews in Dedoose. This project will equip students with practical experience transcribing, coding using qualitative software, and analyzing qualitative data. Students will learn to connect qualitative data analysis to theorizing and presenting sociological findings. Research assistants do not need any special knowledge of South Korea or the Korean language. Familiarity with a variety of English language accents (American, Canadian, British, Scottish, Australian, South African, etc.) is a plus, and may help determine which set of interviews a student is assigned to transcribe and analyze. From 2016 to 2018, doctoral candidate Chelle Jones collected 86 interviews with LBTQ migrants from around the world who reside in South Korea.


Supervising Faculty Member: Barbara Anderson

Graduate Student: Chelle Jones

Contact information:

Average hours of work per week: 3-9

Range of credit hours students can earn: 1-3

Number of positions available: 2