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dc.contributor.advisorWimberley, Daleen_US
dc.contributor.advisorCalasanti, Toni M.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorBayer, A.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorGlenn, E. Nakanoen_US
dc.contributor.advisorFuller, T.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAssar, Nandini Narainen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-22T18:53:17Z
dc.date.available2011-08-22T18:53:17Z
dc.date.issued2004-02-05en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-04262000-18590048en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/11115
dc.description.abstractAbstract Immigration policy and tradition dovetail in their impact on the social organization of immigrant communities, linking the material and non-material aspects of gender. I focus on Asian Indian Patels, who dominate the budget motel business in the United States. I conducted semi-structured interviews with Patel men, women, and teenagers. I stayed overnight in the motels to observe families at work. I was almost always invited to prepare and share a meal, so I observed families at home. My analysis is based on transcribed interviews with participants, fieldnotes, observations, community publications, and information from three key contacts. Most Patels enter the U.S. under family reunification rules in a chain migration. These rules do not recognize families as labor; therefore a majority of documented immigrants are exempt from labor certification. Traditions define Patel women as housewives. The nature of motel work allows women to contribute their labor full-time and still remain housewives: they are not recognized as workers. Community financing and family labor, both escapes from the market economy, allow for the economic success of Patels. When families take on subsequent links in the chain migration, they must meet the costs of migration for new immigrants, and maintain traditional gender hierarchy. When they are the last link in the chain, there is a challenge to this hierarchy. In the second generation, when they remain in the motel business, Patels maintain traditional gender hierarchy. When either partner is linked to the labor market, there is a challenge to traditional gender hierarchy.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartcv-nandini.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartPatels4.4.3.6.pdfen_US
dc.rightsThe authors of the theses and dissertations are the copyright owners. Virginia Tech's Digital Library and Archives has their permission to store and provide access to these works.en_US
dc.source.urihttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04262000-18590048en_US
dc.subjectHousewifeen_US
dc.subjectWorken_US
dc.subjectIndian-Americanen_US
dc.subjectImmigration Rulesen_US
dc.subjectMotelsen_US
dc.subjectHierarchyen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectPatidaren_US
dc.subjectPatelen_US
dc.subjectEthnic Normsen_US
dc.titleGender Hierarchy Among Gujarati Immigrants: Linking Immigration Rules and Ethnic Nornsen_US
dc.typeOther - Dissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.description.degreePHDen_US


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