Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories / Edition 1

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This jargon-free book documents and analyzes the experience of immigration from the female perspective. It discusses the unique challenges that women face, offers insights into the meanings of their experiences, develops gender-sensitive knowledge about immigration, and discusses implications for the effective development and provision of services to immigrant women. With fascinating case studies of immigration to the United States, Australia, and Israel as well as helpful lists of relevant organizations and Web site/Internet addresses, Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories is for everyone who wants to learn or teach about immigration, especially its female face.

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What People Are Saying

Barbara Ribakove Gordon
Roni Berger is not only a skilled interviewer, but brings to her work the added advantage of being, like her subjects, an immigrant woman with a foreign accent. As a result, she has been able to elicit personal, even painful, revelations from women struggling to make new lives in a new world. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM BERGER'S BOOK. (Founder and Director, North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry)
Julia Mirsky
A WELCOME AND IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION to the growing literature on immigrant women. . . . Skillfully and sensitively presented by the author, an immigrant herself, who also tells her personal story. These women are so different, yet alike—Sonia, who came to New York from war-torn Beirut; Rosa, who left the impoverished Philippines in search of a better life in Australia; Ana, who fled her disintegrating homeland, Russia, and came to Israel—all tell their stories of migration, loss, confusion, struggle, and . . . growth. Indeed, one of the most unique contributions of this book is its focus on the empowering aspect of women's migration. The reader has the privilege of sharing in this experience. The first and last sections offer an excellent scientific perspective and analysis of the collective experience of immigrant women. (Consultant on Immigration Issues; Clinical Psychologist; Head, Graduate Program in Social Work, Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789018304
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,128,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface: How and Why This Book was Born
  • Part I: Understanding and Studying Women’s Migration
  • Chapter 1. Immigration: The Process and Its Aftermath
  • Introduction
  • Developmental Aspect of Immigration
  • Effects of Immigration
  • Women and Immigration
  • Chapter 2. Methodology: How the Research for This Book Was Done
  • Types of Immigration Research
  • Assumptions and Principles of Qualitative Research
  • Interviewing in Qualitative Research
  • Understanding Women Perspectives
  • Conducting the Interviews
  • The Sample
  • National Immigration Policies
  • Analysis of the Interviews
  • Limitations
  • Part II: Stories of Immigrant Women
  • Chapter 3. My Story: An Immigrant Daughter of an Immigrant Mother
  • Chapter 4. Immigrants to the United States
  • Sonia: From Beirut to New York
  • Maria: I Left My Heart in Havana
  • Nadra: The “Desert” Generation
  • Klara: A Lifelong Tale of Relocations
  • Tara: I Will Show Them
  • Sarah: The Quiet Fighter
  • Chapter 5. Immigrants to Israel
  • Genevieve: Immigration As a Never-Ending Process
  • Parastu: A Minority Within a Minority
  • Ana: Women Are Like Cats—Throw Them and They Jump Back on Their Feet
  • Mare: A Long-Distance Runner
  • Svetlana: Always Mining the Good
  • Teresina: A Spring of Optimism
  • Chapter 6. Immigrants to Australia and New Zealand
  • Rosa: An Asian in a White County
  • Natasha: In Australia, Become an Australian
  • Sabin: To Immigrate As a Lesbian
  • Matijia: The Lemonade Maker
  • Hang: A Salute to Immigrant Mothers
  • Dunja: The Percussionist
  • Part III: Conclusions and Implications
  • Chapter 7. Major Themes in Women’s Narratives
  • Resilience of Immigrant Women: Flexible Strength
  • The Double Life of Immigrant Women: Coping with Duality
  • Gains and Losses
  • Summary: Main Findings
  • Chapter 8. Implications for Service Development and Delivery
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Specialized Services for Immigrant Women
  • Direct Services to Individuals and Families
  • Community Programs
  • Policy Development
  • A Multiservice Center for Immigrant Women: A Viable Solution
  • Epilogue
  • Resources
  • References
  • Index
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