By Amrit Wilson
From schoolgirls to matriarchs, unmarried moms to prolonged households, and businesswomen to manufacturing facility employees, the event of Asian ladies in Britain at the present time is polarised by way of classification and faith. This e-book explores the lives and struggles of 2 generations of British Asian ladies to offer a political account in their studies: own and public, person and collective, their struggles tackle strength buildings in the relations, the group and, every now and then, the British kingdom. Combining their own testimony inside a theoretical framework, Amrit Wilson locates their reports within the wider context of world and nearby politics. She examines what effect the feminist move has had on their lives, and explores concerns similar to family violence, Asian marriages, representations of Asian ladies, psychological disturbance and suicide.
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They felt this whole business was out of their league. It was up to the men of the family to sort out my problems. Some of the men thought that the best thing would be for my family to disown me completely. My mother was accused of lack of control over me, all because she went out to work. She was told her child had ruined the family name. I still feel hurt when I think of what was said and what was threatened. (‘Meena’ 1995) A middle-class Sikh woman of 18 who had to make a three-hour train journey to attend classes in Luton, and had trouble studying at home because of family tensions, told me simply: ‘I can’t leave home.
The internalisation of the ideology of masculinity, the development of a consciousness which reflects its values, its desire to dominate, its competitiveness and its insecurity, can mean also that a man defines his masculinity against the masculinity of others. For the Jat communities in rural Punjab these ‘others’ could be ‘low-caste’ men and they could also be Muslims. There were, in these communities, real or imagined memories of the partition of India, and Sikh–Muslim hostility was present in varying forms under the surface – ready to emerge in periods of communal tension such as the India–Pakistan war of 1965.
With these loans they could purchase the inputs required for farming. This system, together with the introduction of a new type of wheat which gave three times Wilson 01 intro 42 15/12/05 10:57:13 Changing Masculinities 43 the former yield, began to change both farming methods and the social structure in the villages. As a result of this so-called Green Revolution, a number of traditional jobs done by ‘low-caste’ people became obsolete, many became impoverished and were forced to become agricultural labourers (Mamdani 1972).
Dreams, Questions, Struggles: South Asian Women in Britain by Amrit Wilson