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Nepali Migrant Women
Resistance and Survival in America

Shobha Hamal Gurung
Foreword by Dorothy Smith

Cloth $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3413-3    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5347-9

"Hamal Gurung presents us with a powerful ethnography of the lives of Nepali migrant women in the US. She weaves stories illustrating the use of co-ethnic networks to find employment as domestics, nannies, and restaurant workers. Her insightful analysis reveals the establishment of transnational families and communities. These women not only subvert traditional gender roles but engage in activism to improve working conditions for domestic workers in New York and Boston but provide social and economic support to NGOs addressing social justice and human rights in the US and Nepal."—Mary Romero, Professor, Justice & Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

"A well-written concise account of how and why well-educated Nepali women are migrating to the US and taking domestic service/ care jobs here. This work contributes new knowledge and challenges some theories about female migrants, suggesting that downward occupational mobility for these women serves their own purposes and those of their families and communities when looked at transnationally."—Karen Leonard, emeritus professor of anthropology, University of California, Irvine

"This book opens up a whole new conversation about minorities among minorities. Gurung describes the experiences of Nepali women who are marginalized as minorities among South Asian Americans."—Bandana Purkayastha, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, University of Connecticut

"At present there are no books on the market that document the fascinating experiences of Nepali women in the United States. This is a necessary addition to the literature on gender, globalization, transnational migration, and informal work."—Anjana Narayan, assistant professor of sociology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

  Nepali Migrant Women

  Shobha Hamal Gurung is associate professor of sociology at Southern Utah University.

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