Immigrant Housewives In Canada

Publisher:  Housewives Initiatives, 348 College Street, 2/F, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S4
Year Published:  1981  
Pages:  76pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2348

This report, sponsored by Toronto's Immigrant Women's Centre, is the result of a three-year study on the conditions of working class immigrant women from rural backgrounds.

Abstract:  This report, sponsored by Toronto's Immigrant Women's Centre, is the result of a three-year study on the conditions of working class immigrant women from rural backgrounds. The study is not merely an attitudinal study: it attempts to locate the experience of immigrant housewives in the larger social and economic context of Canada. By focusing on women's daily experience, the study reveals that the immigration process brings about an intensification of women's work in the home and a concomitant increase in their dependence on the family. But the same process which undermines their autonomy also creates the conditions for their emancipation. The struggle to initiate and maintain service organizations by and for immigrant women is a compelling example of the contradictory nature of immigration.

The report is written for those working in the community who find existing theories on immigrant groups unsatisfactory in understanding the lives of immigrant women. It is also suitable for undergraduate courses in women's studies, as well as for general reading.


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