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Parents, patriarchy, and decision -making power: A study of gender relations as reflected by co -residence patterns of older parents in the immigrant household


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This dissertation focuses on the living arrangements of multi-generational households among ten biggest immigrant groups in the United States. Specifically, it examines whether the husband’s or the wife’s older parents were more likely to be present. Co-residence patterns were taken as a proxy that reflected relative decision-making power in the family. A number of factors hypothesized to be associated with the outcome were examined to explore the effect of immigration on gender role ideology and gender relations in the post-1965 immigrant family. More than 102,000 multi-generational households from the 2000 U.S. Census were included in the analyses.

Results suggested that while there were positive signs for women’s increasing status and relative decision-making power, the influence of original sending culture where immigrants have come from proved to be strong and persistent. Those from more patriarchal sending cultures, represented by India, Korea, and China, were more likely to have the husband’s parents co-residing; while those from less patriarchal sending cultures, represented by Jamaica, Cuba, and El Salvador, were more likely to have the wife’s parents present in the household.

These findings illustrate the complex nature of gender relations in the immigrant family whereby the effect of assimilation is found in some domains, while the influence of sending culture is enduring or even reinforced in other domains. Results of this research contribute to the better understanding of the diversity of changes in gender relations that accompany immigration.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Individual & family studies;
Ethnic studies
Classification
0628: Individual & family studies
0631: Ethnic studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Co-residence, Decision-making, Decision-making power, Gender relations, Immigrant, Immigrant family, Living arrangements, Older parents, Patriarchy, Power, Women, Women's status
Title
Parents, patriarchy, and decision -making power: A study of gender relations as reflected by co -residence patterns of older parents in the immigrant household
Author
Lin, Lang
Number of pages
233
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109059403
Advisor
Model, Suzanne W.
Committee member
Chu, Richard T.; Le, Cuong Nguyen
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Sociology
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3349730
ProQuest document ID
304927180
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304927180
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