Seeking Common Ground

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

DONNA GABACCIA is Charles Stone Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Study of Immigrant Women in History, Sociology, and Anthropology 1
1 The Treatment of Women in Immigration History: A Call for Change 3
2 Sociology and Immigrant Women 23
3 Anthropology and the Study of Immigrant Women 41
Pt. II The Immigrant Women of the Past 65
4 The International Marriage Market and the Sphere of Social Reproduction: A German Case Study 67
5 Catholic Sisterhoods and the Immigrant Church 89
6 Ideology, Ethnicity, and the Gendered Subject: Reading Immigrant Women's Autobiographies 101
7 Picture Brides: Feminist Analysis of Life Histories of Hawaii's Early Immigrant Women from Japan, Okinawa, and Korea 123
Pt. III Immigrant Women Since 1920 139
8 The Flapper and the Chaperone: Historical Memory among Mexican-American Women 141
9 Understanding U.S. Immigration: Why Some Countries Send Women and Others Send Men 159
10 Cuban Women in New Jersey: Gender Relations and Change 185
11 A Study of Asian Immigrant Women Undergoing Postpartum Depression 203
Afterword 217
Select Bibliography 221
Index 229
About the Editor and Contributors 235
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