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Adolescent females between tradition and modernity: gender role socialization in South Asian immigrant culture.

Authors
  • Talbani, A
  • Hasanali, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of adolescence
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2000
Volume
23
Issue
5
Pages
615–627
Identifiers
PMID: 11073702
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The study examines the social and cultural experiences of adolescent female belonging to various south Asian immigrant groups in Canada. Applying qualitative research method, the authors interviewed 22 adolescent girls of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin in Montreal. Like other immigrant communities, south Asian families undergo acculturation stress. South Asians tend to integrate secular European cultural elements with their culture; however, family and community structure remain male dominated. The study showed that gender roles were maintained through gender segregation, control over social activities of girls and arranged marriage. Interviewees felt that their parents and communities have more stringent rules for female socialization than any other community in Canada. The study also found that adolescent girls perceived high social cost attached to protest and dissent, therefore, they accept prevalent conditions and expect to change social situation gradually. Some adolescents undergo stress resulting in behavioral problems.

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