Violence Against Latina Immigrants: Citizenship, Inequality, and Community

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Overview

Caught between violent partners and the bureaucratic complications of the U. S. immigration system, many immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to abuse. For two years, Roberta Villalón volunteered at a nonprofit group that offered free legal services to underprivileged immigrants who had been victims of intimate partner violence. Her innovative study of Latina survivors of domestic abuse explores the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and violence, and shows how inequality is perpetuated even through domestic violence-based immigration laws and the well-intentioned delivery of vital services. Villalón proposes an active advocacy agenda and suggests possible policy changes, revealing the complexities of the lives of battered Latina immigrants.

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“By locating the experiences of immigrant women and their advocates within a rich ethnographic study of state policies and organizational practices, Villalón paints a complex picture of the contradictions that contribute to the reproduction of inequality. This is activist scholarship at its best.”
-Nancy A. Naples,author of Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work and the War Against Poverty

“A stunning documentation of the ways in which structural and cultural conditions in current immigration and Violence Against Women laws in the United States reinforce the hierarchies and intersections of race, class, and heterosexuality that impact on the lives of battered Latina immigrants.”
-Natalie J. Sokoloff,author of Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender, and Culture

"[Villalón]'s book engages the reader with personal stories...[she] gives a well-written, detailed and sensitive account of how intersections of race, class, nationality and the bureaucratic complexities of the U.S. legal system affect the path to citizenship..."-Laurie Paul,Feminism & Psychology

"This book is a great resource for those interested in Women's and Gender Studies, Immigration Studies, Cultural Studies, Legal Studies, and Human Rights."-Jenell Navarro,Women's Studies

"Villalón is able to provide a nuanced analysis of immigration law in such a manner that ordinary individuals...can easily understand the contradictions that are codified in the laws...it is the preseverance of the women chornicled in the book...that remains with the reader long after finishing the last page."-Kristin Carbone-Lopez,Race and Justice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814788240
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 6/7/2010
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 904,500
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Villalón is Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. John's University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Approach 1

2 Violence against Latina Immigrants and Immigration Law 17

3 Formal Barriers to Citizenship 41

4 Informal Barriers to Citizenship 79

5 Resisting Inequality 121

6 Conclusion 163

Notes 173

Bibliography 193

Index 203

About the Author 207

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