Korean Immigrant Women and the Renegotiation of Identity: Class, Gender, and the Politics of Identity

Korean Immigrant Women and the Renegotiation of Identity: Class, Gender, and the Politics of Identity
Keumjae Park
January 2009

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-324-0 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / viii, 216 pages

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Park examines the process of identity transition and renegotiation among immigrant women. Taking the conceptualization of identity as a structural construct, connected to and reflected upon social inequalities, Park shows the ways in which immigrant women's pre-migration class, gender, and national identities are confronted and redefined in the host society. Using in-depth interviews with a sample of Korean immigrant women, she documents various fronts where renegotiation of identities takes place in the social contexts of the U.S. The analysis underscores the ways in which identity links individuals to social structures, and highlights the interplay between macro identity categories and micro identity practices.

About the Author

Keumjae Park is Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She has published articles on immigrant identity and Korean immigrant women. Her research interests include gender, migration, and various forms of social organization across national borders, including transnational family and community.

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