Immigration and Women Understanding the American Experience

ISBN-10: 0814767397

ISBN-13: 9780814767399

Edition: 2011

Authors: Susan C. Pearce, Elizabeth J. Clifford, Reena Tandon

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The popular debate around contemporary U.S. immigration tends to conjure images of men waiting on the side of the road for construction jobs, working in kitchens or delis, driving taxis, and sending money to their wives and families in their home countries, while women are often left out of these pictures. Immigration and Womenis a national portrait of immigrant women who live in the United States today, featuring the voices of these women as they describe their contributions to work, culture, and activism.Through an examination of U.S. Census data and interviews with women across nationalities, we hear the poignant, humorous, hopeful, and defiant words of these women as they describe the often confusing terrain where they are starting new lives, creating architecture firms, building urban high-rises, caring for children, cleaning offices, producing creative works, and organizing for social change. Highlighting the gendered quality of the immigration process, Immigration and Womeninterrogates how human agency and societal structures interact within the intersecting social locations of gender and migration. The authors recommend changes for public policy to address the constraints these women face, insisting that new policy must be attentive To The diverse profile of today's immigrating woman.
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 5/23/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 319
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Susan C. Pearce is Associate Professor of Sociology at East Carolina University and co-editor of Reformulations: Markets, Policy, and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe and Mosaics of Change: The First Decade of Life in the New Eastern Europe .

Elizabeth Clifford is Professor of Sociology at Towson University, where she is also Director of American Studies and Coordinator of the Baltimore Immigration Summit.

�We Can't Go Back�: Immigrant Women, Intersections, and Agency
Who They are
�Your Story Drops on You�: Who Are These Women?
How They Come
�I Had to Start Over�: Entering through the Front Door
�I Had to Leave My Country One Day�: Entering through the Back Door
What They Do
�I Am Not Only a Domestic Worker; I Am a Woman�: Immigrant Women and Domestic Service
�Mighty Oaks�: The Entrepreneurs
�There Is Still Work to Do�: Immigrant Women in Gender-Atypical Occupations
�Always in Life, We Are Ripping�: Culture Work
Where They are Going
�Misbehaving Women�: The Agency of Activism
�Making History�: Drawing Conclusions, Looking Forward
Notes on Research Methods
List of Interviewed Women
Timeline: U.S. Immigration Policy and Women, 1875-2009
About the Authors
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