Work Roles, Gender Roles, and Asian Indian Immigrant Women in the United States

Author: Sircar, Arpana
This study addresses the way gender mediates the lives of employed immigrant women in an ethnic minority community. It sheds light on the interplay of race-ethnicity, social class, and history generates multiple contexts within which individual and collective gender attitudes and norms are situated. This empirical study has tapped firsthand into the isolated behind-closed-doors subplots of how individuals negotiate old and new gender concepts in contested social and familial terrains.

Table of Contents

Table of contents (main headings):
Foreword; Preface
1. Introduction and Overview
2. Literature Review: Gender Roles in the US; Mainstream Gender Role Patterns in US Society; Intersection of Race-ethnicity and Class; Gender Role Patterns in US Immigrant Communities; Gender Roles among Asian Indians and other US Minorities; Gender Roles in the Indian Culture and Society; Conceptual-theoretical Background
3. Research Methodology
4. Questionnaire Results
5. Interview Results
6. Analysis and Interpretation: Change and Continuity; Correlates of Gender and Orientation; Comparison with Immigrant Women in Earlier Ethnic Groups; Comparison with Contemporary White Women; Emerging Typology
7. Discussion and Conclusion: Centrality of Waged Work; Immigration and Empowerment; Developing Sense of Selfhood; Ethnic Identity and Selfhood; Transnational Identity; Indian Women as Reference Group; Structural Constraints and Cultural Continuity; Gender Role Orientation; Behavioral Duality; Cntribution of the Research; Directions for Future Research; Conclusion – Betwixt and Between
Appendices: Questionnaire; Interview questions; Bogardus’ Social Distance Scale; Responses to ISRO questions; List of household chores; References