Seeking Common Ground

Seeking Common Ground

by Donna Gabaccia
     
 

This book is the first interdisciplinary reader focusing on immigrant women in the United States. Part I includes three chapters by a historian, a sociologist, and an anthropologist summarizing the way research on immigrant women has developed in the three disciplines. Parts II and III, focusing on Immigrant Women of the Past and Immigrant Women Since 1920, provide

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This book is the first interdisciplinary reader focusing on immigrant women in the United States. Part I includes three chapters by a historian, a sociologist, and an anthropologist summarizing the way research on immigrant women has developed in the three disciplines. Parts II and III, focusing on Immigrant Women of the Past and Immigrant Women Since 1920, provide empirical and interpretive essays on immigrant women from Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The chapters explore such themes as women in the migration process, the role of gender in the creation of American ethnic identities, and the comparability of today's immigrant women with those of the past.

Seeking Common Ground is the first interdisciplinary reader focusing on immigrant women in the United States. By providing a basis for comparison between both different ethnic groups and different disciplinary approaches, the volume aims to encourage interdisciplinary communication and research.

After the editor's introduction, the volume begins with three chapters (Part I) by a historian, a sociologist, and an anthropologist summarizing the way research on immigrant women has developed in the three disciplines. Parts II and III, focusing on Immigrant Women of the Past and Immigrant Women Since 1920, provide empirical and interpretive essays on immigrant women from Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The chapters explore such themes as women in the migration process, the role of gender in the creation of American ethnic identities, and the comparability of today's immigrant women with those of the past. The work will be of interest to individuals from all disciplines who are concerned with women's studies in general and immigrant women in particular.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275943875
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1992
Series:
Contributions in Women's Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Study of Immigrant Women in History, Sociology, and Anthropology1
1The Treatment of Women in Immigration History: A Call for Change3
2Sociology and Immigrant Women23
3Anthropology and the Study of Immigrant Women41
Pt. IIThe Immigrant Women of the Past65
4The International Marriage Market and the Sphere of Social Reproduction: A German Case Study67
5Catholic Sisterhoods and the Immigrant Church89
6Ideology, Ethnicity, and the Gendered Subject: Reading Immigrant Women's Autobiographies101
7Picture Brides: Feminist Analysis of Life Histories of Hawaii's Early Immigrant Women from Japan, Okinawa, and Korea123
Pt. IIIImmigrant Women Since 1920139
8The Flapper and the Chaperone: Historical Memory among Mexican-American Women141
9Understanding U.S. Immigration: Why Some Countries Send Women and Others Send Men159
10Cuban Women in New Jersey: Gender Relations and Change185
11A Study of Asian Immigrant Women Undergoing Postpartum Depression203
Afterword217
Select Bibliography221
Index229
About the Editor and Contributors235

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