Aswad, Barbara C.. Attitudes of immigrant women and men in the Dearborn area toward women’s employment and welfare

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Title: Attitudes of immigrant women and men in the Dearborn area toward women’s employment and welfare

Published in: Muslim communities in North America, edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and Jane Idleman Smith

Published By: Muslim communities in North America, edited by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and Jane Idleman Smith Albany, N. Y.: State University of New York Press, 1994. 501-519 p.

By line: Barbara Aswad

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Religious and educational structures (346); Labor supply and employment (464); Gender status (562); Family relationships (593); Ethnosociology (829); Gender roles and issues (890);

Abstract: In the Dearborn, Michigan area a number of factors have operated against women’s employment. Some of these major factors discussed by Aswad in this article “...are lack of skills and education; fewer piecemeal or part-time jobs than in the Middle East; the ‘rich peasant’ mentality of husbands from villages with its emphasis on increased female modesty and a restricted environment; increasing Islamic values operating in a host country that does not seem to value premarital chastity; restrictions (including, sometimes, educational) placed by some mothers on their daughters even though theoretically they accept the idea of employment and education for them; and restrictions of the male-dominant auto industry in contrast to family-run businesses” (p. 515). The author explores each of these factors fully in the text.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: nk09-011

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1971, 1984

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: ca. 1900-1984

Coverage Place: Southend area, Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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