Synopses & Reviews
From schoolgirls to matriarchs, single mothers to extended families, and businesswomen to factory workers, the experience of Asian women in Britain today is polarised by class and religion. This book explores the lives and struggles of two generations of British Asian women to present a political account of their experiences: personal and public, individual and collective, their struggles take on power structures within the family, the community and, on occasion, the British state. Combining their personal testimony within a theoretical framework, Amrit Wilson locates their experiences in the wider context of global and regional politics. She examines what impact the feminist movement has had on their lives, and explores issues such as domestic violence, Asian marriages, representations of Asian women, mental disturbance and suicide.
A political account of the lives and struggles of British Asian women.
Examines segregation and its impact on social divisions and the peace process.
About the Author
Amrit Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies/South Asian Studies at Luton University. She was part of a pioneering collective who set up the first Asian women's refuge in London, and at present works with 'Asian Women Unite', a national campaigning group. She is author of Finding A Voice (Virago, 1978), which won the Martin Luther King award, and has written for numerous other publications, mainly about black experiences in Britain, the politics of South Asia and gender issues.
Table of Contents
2. The new 'good woman': reconstructing patriarchal control
3. A thing of beauty and a boy forever - changing masculinities
4. 'Mercy and Wisdom of a government'? Race, Culture and Immigration Control
5. Making a spectacle of oneself -South Asian weddings in Britain
6. Psychiatry, violence and mental distress
7. Contesting (mis)representations
8. Still fighting for justice -low-paid workers in a global market
9. Dreams, questions and struggles - reflections on a movement