Culture, Class, and Work Among Arab-American Women (New by Jen'nan Ghazal Read

By Jen'nan Ghazal Read

Learn examines the hard work strength job of Arab-American ladies, a bunch whose paintings stories supply an exception to approved theories. The employment premiums of Arab immigrant ladies rank one of the lowest of any immigrant crew, whereas the premiums of native-born Arab-American girls resemble these of U.S.-born white girls. those variations can't be defined by way of Arab-American women's human capital features or kin assets, yet are as a result of conventional cultural norms that prioritize women's family members responsibilities over their monetary task and to ethnic and non secular social networks that motivate the upkeep of conventional gender roles. Read's findings problem assumptions approximately diversifications in ethnic women's hard work strength participation. Arab cultural values play an enormous function in picking out the location of ladies of Arab descent in American society.

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Overall, the sample demonstrated high levels of ethnic identity. In order to extricate cultural diversity among ArabAmerican women, I separate culture into its ethnic and religious components. As previous scholarship on JudeoChristian influences has found, religion and ethnicity often constitute distinct dimensions of culture that may exert 21 The sample’s interest in ethnic politics likely reflects sampling frame characteristics. S. voters, and AAI’s membership list comprises persons who support Arab-American’s civic and political interests.

5 Two-thirds of Arab-Americans live in ten states: California, New York, Michigan, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania. The Case of Arab Americans 35 The survey questionnaire (Appendix A) was distributed in the spring of 2000 to a systematic, random sample of women drawn from the combined lists, after being pretested with three focus groups of Arab-American women in Washington, DC, and Austin, Texas during the fall of 1999. g. g. Pakistanis), I used a filter question on Arab ancestry to exclude non-Arab respondents.

The most recent immigrants are likely to be under-represented in the sample, as are the most assimilated women, those who have outmarried or whose surnames have been Anglocized over time. At the same time, the sample is more nationally diverse than previous studies of this population and is more 36 Culture, Class, and Work heterogeneous by religious affiliation and nativity, allowing for a more thorough examination of cultural influences on women’s labor force activity. Appendix B provides detailed information about the variables used in the analysis.

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