Dreams, Questions, Struggles : South Asian Women in Britain
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.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 135 x 215 x 19.81mm | 417.3g
- 28 Feb 2006
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
1. Introduction 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 Notes Bibliography Index
At a time when Asian women are only being discussed in terms of their veils, forced marriages and oppressive religion, what a relief it is to read a book about Asian women as agents not objects. -- Institute of Race Relations Amrit Wilson does not let anyone off the hook... This book will be of supreme interest to activists and those working with or for South Asian women in the voluntary sector or community projects. It will also be useful to those who teach courses on South Asian communities in this country, within whatever discipline, who will find it a refreshing example of how political commitment can yield a book that is committed, analytic, informative and that rises above vacuous polemic. -- Ursula Sharma, The Journal of Contemporary South Asia This is a captivating book which will influence many people's perceptions of Asian women's lives. ... Social Science scholars will find Dreams, Questions and Struggles invaluable reading. ... It is a treat to read these papers, since Wilson brings exciting and original perspectives to a broad range of topics. ... This is an essential reference book for anyone interested in issues of gender, race, culture, migration, disaspora, and identity. -- Aisha Gill, Roehampton University Wilson is an activist who has long dealt with the knottiest issues of gender and race in officially multi-cultured Britain. Each of the three words in the book's title is like a bell that tolls dismally for each of us. -- The Times of India
About Amrit Wilson
Amrit Wilson is the author of Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain (Pluto, 2006), The Challenge Road: Women in the Eritrean Revolution (1991) and US Foreign Policy and Revolution: the creation of Tanzania (Pluto, 1989) and the co-editor of The Future that Works: Selected writings of A.M.Babu (2002).