Aswad, Barbara C.. Yemeni and Lebanese Muslim immigrant women in southeast Dearborn, Michigan

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Title: Yemeni and Lebanese Muslim immigrant women in southeast Dearborn, Michigan

Published in: Muslim families in North America, edited by Earle H. Waugh, Sharon Mclrvin Abu-Laban, Regula Burckhardt Qureshi

Published By: Muslim families in North America, edited by Earle H. Waugh, Sharon Mclrvin Abu-Laban, Regula Burckhardt Qureshi Edmonton, Alta., Canada: University of Alberta Press, 1991. 256-281, 333-357 p.

By line: Barbara C. Aswad

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

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Gender status (562); Ethnic stratification (563); Family (590);

Abstract: Aswad examines the changing roles and different experiences of Arab-American women based on interviews with twenty Yemeni and twenty Lebanese, Muslim immigrant women in Dearborn, Michigan. The change has been both good and bad. On the one hand women miss the larger kin networks of home, on the other hand, they value their freedom from their husbands’ kin and mothers-in-law. In America, women have less of a role to play outside the home, which is not only boring for them, but also undermines their authority in the home. Women lose control of their children, who acculturate and assimilate more quickly, and their husbands blame them for their children’s apparent rebellious behavior. This among other factors, such as the economic recession and massive layoffs in the automobile industry, took its toll on the family.

Document Number: 27

Document ID: nk09-027

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-357)

Field Date: 1983-1984

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1998

Coverage Date: 1920-1984

Coverage Place: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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