Encountering differences: Iranian immigrant women in Australia

Jamarani, Maryam (2012). Encountering differences: Iranian immigrant women in Australia. In Glenda Tibe Bonifacio (Ed.), Feminism and migration: Cross-cultural engagements (pp. 149-164) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-2831-8_8

Author Jamarani, Maryam
Title of chapter Encountering differences: Iranian immigrant women in Australia
Title of book Feminism and migration: Cross-cultural engagements
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-2831-8_8
Series International Perspectives on Migration
ISBN 9789400728318
Editor Glenda Tibe Bonifacio
Volume number 1
Chapter number 8
Start page 149
End page 164
Total pages 16
Total chapters 15
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The primary objective of this chapter is to explore the changes in Iranian women’s gender identity that may occur following their migration to Australia. I explore the hypothesis that the change in the sociocultural context of immigrants provides them with the chance to explore new possibilities, and make modifications in their attitudes towards gender roles. I further explore the extent to which Iranian migrant women in Australia have been able or willing to integrate the two sets of values and roles (home and host culture), with respect to gender role and gender status, within the family as well as in the wider society. Compared to Australia, Iran is a country with relatively more patriarchal sociocultural and familial values and norms, which have resulted in imposing high gender limitations on women. The sanctity of the family in the Iranian Civil Code has resulted in various sociocultural, familial, and at times legal restrictions that constrain women from freely engaging in professional and social activities outside the family. Australia, on the contrary, promotes relatively more egalitarian laws and practices with respect to gender roles. Hence, the acculturation process of Iranian women migrating to Australia can influence their gender identities and roles, either by entrenching traditional values and roles, or by challenging and changing them.
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