Focusing on Asian women's experience of immigration, the contributions in this book collectively highlight the gendered dimension of migration, the different experiences of men to women and the subsequent consequences for women within the constraints of the root culture and the strategies deployed to make life more bearable in the host country. The central theme discussed is the fact that immigrant women are unable to completely break away from the chains of traditional patriarchal norms, imposed by either their host country or root culture. Immigrant women's identity is, therefore, far more fluid and regulated by both social and state insitutions they encounter.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Meenakshi Thapan Making Incomplete Identity, Woman and the State From India to an Indian Diaspora to a Mauritian Diaspora - Kathinka Sinha-Kerkhoff Back-linking as a Means for Women to Feel Good Locally Women in Between - Nilufar Ahmed The Case of Bangladeshi Women Living in London Being American, Learning to be Indian - Aparna Rayaprol Gender and Generation in the Context of Transnational Migration Singular Predicaments - Santi Rozario Unmarried Female Migrants and the Changing Bangladeshi Family Breaking the Silence - Parin Dossa Identity Politics and Social Suffering Women, Home and Belonging in UK Immigration Policy - Irene Gedalof Gender, Race and Racism - Christine Delphy The Ban of the Islamic Headscarf in France Cultured Girls - Sunera Thobani Race, Multiculturalism and the Canadian State Betwixt the State and Everyday Life - Maitrayee Chaudhuri Identity Formation Among Bengali Migrants in a Delhi Slum