Gender Roles at Home and Abroad: The Adaptation of Bangladeshi Immigrants

Gender Roles at Home and Abroad: The Adaptation of Bangladeshi Immigrants

Gender Roles at Home and Abroad: The Adaptation of Bangladeshi Immigrants

Gender Roles at Home and Abroad: The Adaptation of Bangladeshi Immigrants

Synopsis

Baluja is an analyst with the US Census Bureau, where she specializes in immigrant adaptation, international migration statistics, and cross-cultural health and gender issues. Here she focuses on how the roles and relationships of Bangladeshi husbands and wives change after their migration to the growing Bangladeshi community in Queens, New York. In addition to identifying aspects of family life that have changed, she also looks at those that have remained constant despite immigration. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Excerpt

International migration involves a shift from one cultural environment in the origin area to a potentially different cultural environment in the destination area. This shift demands that individuals reassess their roles in society, in terms of what men and women believe to be their responsibilities, how they fulfill them, and what constitutes appropriate behavior. A recent report published by the United Nations underscored the importance of linking gender to migration studies (United Nations 1995). The purpose of this report was to correct the absence of adequate research on women in the field of international migration. The report proposed two key areas for future research: 1) the impact of international migration on the status of women and 2) the strategies used by immigrant women to reconcile for their families differences in culturally acceptable behavior between their origin society and their destination society (United Nations 1995: 1-18). It is this second focus that this research attempts to address.

Women are often responsible for socializing children, for providing ideological linkages between the origin and destination cultures, and for helping the family navigate the adaptation process. However, women must accomplish these tasks as they find themselves living within a potentially different gender stratification system. The . . .

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