The Social Organization of South Asian Immigrant Women's Mothering Work

The Social Organization of South Asian Immigrant Women's Mothering Work




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This book examines the social organization of recent immigrant South Asian women’s mothering work. It explicates the processes that contribute to those belonging to this social group making changes to their mothering work after immigrating to Canada despite having reservations about doing so. The book draws its findings from interviews with 20 South Asian immigrant mothers who were raising school aged children in Canada and had been in the country for less than five years. Government policies, websites and newspaper reports also form important data sources for this study. Using institutional ethnography, the book shows the disjuncture between the mothering work of the South Asian immigrant woman and institutionally backed neoliberal discourses in Canada around mothering, schooling and immigrant employment. It highlights the manner in which the settlement experiences for South Asian immigrant women can become stressful and complicated by the changes that these women are required to make in line with these institutional discourses. The study explicates how the work of immigrant mother in the settlement process changes over time as she participates in social relations that require her to raise her children as autonomous responsible citizens who can participate in a neoliberal economy characterised by precarious work. The research that informs this book has implications for the social work profession, which is connected in many ways to the settlement experiences of immigrant women.



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Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Number of Pages

245 pages


social life, customs, immigrant, immigrant women, immigration, South Asian immigrant, South Asia, South Asian women, South Asian mother, motherhood, schooling, immigrant employment, institutional ethnography, ethnology, neoliberal discourse, social relations, Canada


Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies (FAHCS)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Original Citation

Chaze, Ferzana. (2015). The social organization of South Asian immigrant women's mothering in Canada. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

The Social Organization of South Asian Immigrant Women's Mothering Work


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