Contested Voices Women Immigrants in Today's World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-05-02
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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A comprehensive and stimulating examination of how the migration of women affects attitudes in receiving countries, among the women themselves, and how changing women's attitudes shapes their relations with men and between generations within ethnic groups. Sensitive to differences between receiving countries and immigrant ethnic communities, Contested Voices explores fraught dynamics through comparisons among similar immigrant communities within the United States, Canada, Britain, and Germany, providing insights into the processes of adaptation. It focuses particularly on how and why immigration policies, including towards legal and illegal immigrants, refugees and asylum, are gendered and on their influence on immigrant communities.

Author Biography

Marianne Githens, Professor of Political Science and founder and previous director of Goucher College's Women's Studies Program, has written extensively on the topic of women and politics. An early work, A Portrait of Marginality is universally regarded as a classic in the field. Her other publications include Different Roles, Different Voices, Abortion Politics Public Policy in Cross Cultural Perspective, and numerous articles, including the well-known and frequently cited, 'Getting Appointed to the Court: The Gender Dimension. She has served as a major research consultant to the European Women Project sponsored by the European Union and to the television series Shoulder to Shoulder which dealt with the British suffrage movement. Professor Githens has received a number of awards including a NEH grant for research on American and European women's peace movements. Recently her research has focused on women immigrants and the various forces which affect their status and political role.

Table of Contents


1.Structure and Agency: The Discourse on ImmigrationSECTION 1: Defining Women Immigrants and Refugees: The Official Voice –Protocols, Laws, and Policies2.From Laissez Faire to Regulation: The Emergence of Immigration Policy 3.Government Policies and Women Immigrants: Establishing Conditions And Constructing Identities 4.Fleeing Calamity, Seeking Asylum: Women and Refugee PolicySECTION 2: Managing Social Pressures in the Work Place and their Community5.Ethnic Communities and the Construction of Identity 6.Between Dependence and Independence: Immigrant Women in the Work Force SECTION 3: Immigrant Women Speaking for Themselves7.Listening to Women Creating Their Own Social Identity

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