From schoolgirls to matriarchs, single mothers to extended families, and businesswomen to factory workers, the experience of Asian women in Britain today is polarised by class and religion.
This book explores the lives and struggles of two generations of British Asian women to present a political account of their experiences: personal and public, individual and collective, their struggles take on power structures within the family, the community and, on occasion, the British state.
Combining their personal testimony within a theoretical framework, Amrit Wilson locates their experiences in the wider context of global and regional politics. She examines what impact the feminist movement has had on their lives, and explores issues such as domestic violence, Asian marriages, representations of Asian women, mental disturbance and suicide.
Amrit Wilson was Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies/South Asian Studies at Luton University. She set up the first Asian women's refuge in London and works with 'Asian Women Unite'. She is author of Finding A Voice (Virago, 1978), which won the Martin Luther King award, and has written about black experiences in Britain, the politics of South Asia and gender issues. She is the author of Dreams, Questions, Struggles (Pluto, 2006) and The Threat of Liberation (Pluto, 2013).
1. Introduction 2. The new `good woman': reconstructing patriarchal control 3. A thing of beauty and a boy forever - changing masculinities 4. `Mercy and Wisdom of a government'? Race, Culture and Immigration Control 5. Making a spectacle of oneself -South Asian weddings in Britain 6. Psychiatry, violence and mental distress 7. Contesting (mis)representations 8. Still fighting for justice -low-paid workers in a global market 9. Dreams, questions and struggles - reflections on a movement Notes Bibliography Index