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By Jen'nan Ghazal Read

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ISBN-13: 9781593320065

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Learn examines the hard work strength task of Arab-American girls, a gaggle whose paintings reviews supply an exception to authorized theories. The employment charges of Arab immigrant ladies rank one of the lowest of any immigrant workforce, whereas the charges of native-born Arab-American girls resemble these of U.S.-born white girls. those adjustments can't be defined through Arab-American women's human capital features or kinfolk assets, yet are as a result of conventional cultural norms that prioritize women's kin tasks over their monetary job 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 exertions strength participation. Arab cultural values play an immense position in opting for the location of girls of Arab descent in American society.

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Muslims, however, make up only one-third of the estimated 3 million Arabs in America, with Christians comprising two-thirds of the population, reflecting distinct waves of emigration from the Middle East (Naff, 1994). While Islamic values have shaped many Arab cultural values, Muslim affiliation does not necessarily signify an Arab’s attachment to cultural traditions. Many Muslim Arab Americans are secular and distinguish between religious and ethnic identity, relegating patriarchal cultural practices to Arab ethnicity (Haddad and Smith, 1996:20).

Bureau of the Census, 1990a). 2 percent. 7%) live in the south. Given the sampling frame characteristics, women sampled are probably older, more highly educated, and more politically involved than the Arab-American population as a whole. 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.

Bureau of the Census, 1990a). S. labor force as a family strategy to ensure that children receive proper parental attention during their upbringing; they may underreport their economic activity because they perceive their primary roles as housewife and mother; and for immigrant women, they may remain out of the labor force as a cultural carryover from practices in Iran (Bozorgmehr, 1998; Dallafar, 1994). Hypotheses Although there has been no systematic examination of cultural influences on women’s labor force activity to date, especially at the national level, the following effects are 34 Culture, Class, and Work hypothesized for Arab-American women: 1) immigrant women’s likelihood of employment will be significantly lower than native-born women’s, 2) human capital and family characteristics will account for some, but not all, of this difference, and 3) the effect of nativity on women’s labor force activity will decrease when dimensions of ethnic and religious identity are considered.

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