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From saris to skirts : a study of changing lifestyles of Indian women immigrants to the United States

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ruby Mitra Banerjee (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://www.wcu.edu/404.asp
Advisor
Elizabeth McRae

Abstract: The women in this study were part of a wave of immigrants who arrived in the United States during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. These times were rife with political and social turmoil including the "second wave" of the US feminist movement. The study demonstrates how differences in social and cultural backgrounds influenced these women's ideas of emancipation, liberation, and their perceptions of American women. By examining the women's experiences at home and in the workplace, this study argues that the American feminist movement and its outcomes were important contributing factors in these immigrant women's emancipation. An analysis of their social practices provides an understanding of this emancipation process. It shows how their lifestyles changed and how these immigrant women were able to pursue careers, raise children and enjoy greater equality with their spouses.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
feminism, immigrants, Indian, post-1965, United States, women
Subjects
Immigrants -- United States
Women immigrants -- United States
East Indian American women
Americanization
Feminism -- United States