During her research, Moosnick was particularly struck by the integral roles played by women in family businesses. In Beyond the Counter: Stories of Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky, Moosnick demonstrates how immigrant women have long juggled family and work as well as the added struggle stemming from living in two cultures. She interviewed ten women about their experiences as immigrants or the children of immigrants, and about their family businesses, also sharing with them her own interpretation and contextualization. Through these women's stories, the reader sees how Jews and Arabs have negotiated the intersection of tradition, assimilation, and Kentucky's cultural landscape. Beyond the Counter provides insight into the immigrant experience in Kentucky, and will be an important contribution to our Kentucky history list.
This project is being considered for the Kentucky Remembered oral history series.
Nora Rose Moosnick is a visiting scholar in the department of sociology at the University of Kentucky. This is her first book.
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Table of Contents
Series Foreword vii
1 Complexities 15
2 Publicly Exceptional 35
3 Maternal Echoes 75
4 Into Focus 111
5 Archetypal and Distant Figures 149
Postscript: On Being a Documentarian 181