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Educated wives of international graduate students and their class and occupational identity in the United States

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Title: Educated wives of international graduate students and their class and occupational identity in the United States
Authors: Neupane, Gita
Keywords: spouses
Issue Date: May 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2011]
Abstract: This study examines experiences of South Asian women spouses of international graduate students in the United States (US) from Hawaii in terms of their perceived social class and occupational mobility, and highlights socio-cultural and institutional factors affecting such mobility influenced by their employment and unemployment conditions affected by their visa status. The participants were accessed through my personal social networks and snowball sampling. In-depth interviews with ten such spouses and an intensive examination of their narratives though grounded theory as a methodological tool revealed five major themes specifically: academic qualifications and occupational mobility, class-based habitus and the feeling of declassing, negotiation of multiple identities, employment rights and restrictions tethered to their American visas, and the symbolic meaning of the US for the participants. These themes are interconnected and sometimes overlap with each other.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101692
Appears in Collections:M.A. - Sociology



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