Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America

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Rutgers University Press, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 305 pages
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When South Asians immigrated to the United States in great numbers in the 1970s, they were passionately driven to achieve economic stability and socialize the next generation to retain the traditions of their home culture. During these years, the immigrant community went to great lengths to project an impeccable public image by denying the existence of social problems such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, mental illness, racism, and intergenerational conflict. It was not until recently that activist groups have worked to bring these issues out into the open.

In Body Evidence, more than twenty scholars and public health professionals uncover the unique challenges faced by victims of violence in intimate spaces . . . within families, communities and trusted relationships in South Asian American communities. Topics include cultural obsession with women's chastity and virginity; the continued silence surrounding intimate violence among women who identify themselves as lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; the consequences of refusing marriage proposals or failing to meet dowry demands; and, ultimately, the ways in which the United States courts often confuse and exacerbate the plights of these women.

 

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Contents

PART
9
The Many Faces of Domestic Violence in
24
Reflecting on Marital Violence
38
Sexuality in the Context
53
An AntiDomestic
68
Mental and Emotional Wounds of Domestic Violence
81
Violence and Body Image among South Asian
94
Silences That Prevail When the Perpetrators Are Our Own
107
A Communicative Perspective on Assisting Battered
164
Laws Culture and Cultural Difference
181
The H4 Visa Bind
195
Battered South Asian Women in U S Courts
211
PART FOUR
227
Transnational Exploitation
243
Tracing the Trajectory of
258
References
275

Invisibility
126
Battered South Asian
139
Ahimsa and the Contextual Realities of Woman Abuse
152
Author Biographies
295
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Shamita Das Dasgupta is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical law at New York University's School of Law and cofounder of Manavi, Inc.

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