Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America - Gender and Globalization (Hardback)
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Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America - Gender and Globalization (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 30/10/2015
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In this pathbreaking and timely work, Hamal Gurung gives voice to the growing number of Nepali women who migrate to the United States to work in the informal economy. Highlighting the experiences of thirty-five women, mostly college educated and middle class, who take on domestic service and unskilled labour jobs, Hamal Gurung challenges conventional portraits of Third World women as victims forced into low-wage employment. Instead, she sheds light on Nepali women's strategic decisions to accept downwardly mobile positions in order to earn more income, thereby achieving greater agency in their home countries as well as in their diasporic communities in the United States.

These women are not only investing in themselves and their families-they are building transnational communities through formal participation in NGOs and informal networks of migrant workers. In great detail, Hamal Gurung documents Nepali migrant women's lives, making visible the profound and far-reaching effects of their civic, economic, and political engagement.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815634133
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This book opens up a whole new conversation

about minorities among minorities.

Gurung describes the experiences of Nepali

women who are marginalized as minorities

among South Asian Americans.--Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Connecticut


This book opens up a whole new conversation
about minorities among minorities.
Gurung describes the experiences of Nepali
women who are marginalized as minorities
among South Asian Americans.--Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Connecticut


A well-written concise account of how and why well-educated
Nepali women are migrating to the US and taking domestic service/
care jobs here. This work contributes new knowledge and
challenges some theories about female migrants, suggesting that
downward occupational mobility for these women serves their
own purposes and those of their families and communities when
looked at transnationally.--Karen Leonard, emeritus professor of anthropology, University of California, Irvine


At present there are no books on the market that document the
fascinating experiences of Nepali women in the United States.
This is a necessary addition to the literature on gender, globalization,
transnational migration, and informal work.--Anjana Narayan, assistant professor of sociology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


This book opens up a whole new conversation
about minorities among minorities.
Gurung describes the experiences of Nepali
women who are marginalized as minorities
among South Asian Americans.

--Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Connecticut

A well-written concise account of how and why well-educated
Nepali women are migrating to the US and taking domestic service/
care jobs here. This work contributes new knowledge and
challenges some theories about female migrants, suggesting that
downward occupational mobility for these women serves their
own purposes and those of their families and communities when
looked at transnationally.

--Karen Leonard, emeritus professor of anthropology, University of California, Irvine

At present there are no books on the market that document the
fascinating experiences of Nepali women in the United States.
This is a necessary addition to the literature on gender, globalization,
transnational migration, and informal work.

--Anjana Narayan, assistant professor of sociology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America by Shobha Hamal Gurung chronicles the experiences of educated Nepali migrant women working in low-paid, informal jobs in U.S. metropolitan cities of Boston and New York.....Gurung's work is rich in detail with personal narratives embedded in the larger discourse on immigrant women in the U.S. informal sector.--Bhumika Piya, Vanderbilt University "WORK AND OCCUPATIONS Journal "

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