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Acknowledgements vii 1 Introduction 1 Statement of the Problem 3 Origins of Diversity: Arab-American Immigration 5 Research Objectives 7 Organization of the Study 9 2 Theoretical Significance of Women_s Labor Force Participation 11 Structural and Cultural Explanations of Ethnic Diversity 13 The Evolution of Ethnic and Gender Studies: Recognizing Intraethnic Diversity 18 Summary 22 3 The Case for Arab Americans 25 Determinants of Arab-American Women_s Labor Force Activity 26 Hypotheses 33 Data and Methods 34 4 Arab-American Women in Comparative Perspective 41 U.S. Census Data 42 Arab-American Survey Data 44 Immigrant Selectivity and Arab-American Women_s Success 47 Cultural and Class Diversity 51 The Impact of Nativity: Variations in Cultural Assimilation 67 Challenging Myths of U.S. Muslim Women 78 Portrait of an Achieving Ethnic Population 85 5 Determinants of Arab-American Women_s Economic Achievements 87 Ties that Bind: Ethnic Homogamy, Religiosity, and Women_s Employment 88 Cultural Influences on Labor Force Commitment 95 Gender Traditionalism_s Cultural Underpinnings 101 Education, Occupation, and Women_s Earnings 106 Summary 112 6 Conclusion 115 Women_s Achievements and the Universal Sisterhood 115 The Gendered Consequences of Culture 117 Summary and Future Research 119 Appendices 121 References 135 Index 15
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Arab American women Social conditions, Arab American women Employment, Women immigrants United States Social conditions, Women immigrants Employment United States, Labor supply United States, Sex role United States, Arab Americans Ethnic identity, Arab Americans Cultural assimilation