Immigrant Women's Lives: Weaving Garment Work and Legislative Policy

Immigrant Women's Lives: Weaving Garment Work and Legislative Policy

by Ruth A. Charles


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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138880214
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/27/2015
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

List of Tables xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Threading Past and Present Immigration Policy and Labor 1

Introduction 1

History of United States Immigration Policy 2

Women and Work in the Garment Industry 8

Cross Cultural Meaning of Work 20

Context of Work Participation 22

Conclusion 28

Chapter 2 Designing the Study-Research Methods and Context 31

Research Design 31

Author's Experience 33

The Story That Is Told 35

Symbolic Interaction and Cross Cultural Studies 37

The Context-Learbury Garment Factory 38

Research Procedures 46

Conclusion 52

Chapter 3 "Oh My God!!"-Arriving in the United States 55

The Process 56

The Experience 65

Citizenship 76

Conclusion 78

Chapter 4 "It's Different Here"-Cross Cultural Experiences in the United States 81

Environmental Differences 82

Cross Cultural Differences 83

Fear of Difference 98

Conclusion 104

Chapter 5 Experiences and Changes in Work Force Employment Status and Involvement 107

Employment Experience 108

Mother's Employment 116

United States Job Market Experiences 119

Reflections About the Future 124

Conclusion 128

Chapter 6 The Good and the Bad-Work on the Factory Floor 131

The Good 132

The Bad 141

Conclusion 154

Chapter 7 Bridging Life Stories and Policy Implications 157

Chapter 8 Weaving Legislation and Lives 161

Goals of Immigration Policy 162

The Family Reunification Bill 163

Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Act of 1996 172

Cycles of Immigration Policy 174

Conclusion 176

Bibliography 181

Index 195

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