South Asian Women: Gender, Religion, Class, Caste and Family Lives
This ethnographic study of South Asian women in ethnic enclaves focuses on two groups of women – a) Muslim Bangladeshi women and their religious participation and b) South Asian mothers working in ethnic labor markets. To date, three empirical papers have been produced from this project. The first paper explores how participation in two types of gendered religious groups - mosque-based and home-based - structures the material lived experiences of immigrant Bangladeshi women in terms of their immigrant experiences and gendered relationships within their families. The second paper out of this project, co-authored with a graduate student at Vanderbilt, examines the lives of single mothers working in ethnic enclaves and their negotiations with their identities of being South Asian women, single mothers, working mothers, low-paid workers in the ethnic enclaves, and the main breadwinners for their families. The third paper published in an edited volume looks at the experiences of South Asian women working in ethnic labor markets.