Changing Gender Roles: Brazilian Immigrant Families in the by Sylvia Duarte Dantas Debiaggi

By Sylvia Duarte Dantas Debiaggi

DeBiaggi specializes in fresh Brazilian immigrant households. There are over 600,000 Brazilians within the united states, the bulk in metropolitan big apple (230,000) and Boston (150.000). Drawing at the tools of cross-cultural and gender stories, DeBiaggi interviewed 50 Brazilian households, husbands and other halves, in Boston. utilizing quantitative and qualitative facts, she stumbled on that immigration to the U.S. affected either the husband's and the wife's gender roles in addition to their courting. Coming from a extra patriarchal society, Brazilian households face adjustments of their attitudes in the direction of girls and of their department of loved ones exertions and childcare. In flip, those adjustments impact how chuffed husbands and better halves are of their marriage. eventually, the learn shows the significance of women's rights to the advance of fairer and extra egalitarian relationships.

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Hochschild identifies three types of ideology of marital roles: a) pure traditional - the woman wants to identify with her activities at home while her husband is concerned with work; she wants less power than him and the man agrees; b) pure egalitarian - some couples might want to be jointly oriented to the home, others to their careers, or both of them to jointly hold some balance between the two; c) transitional - a typical transitional woman wants to identify both with caring for the home and helping her husband earn money but wants her husband to focus on earning a living.

In less than 20 days, 65% of Brazilian immigrants get a job, a fact attesting to an established community network (Canzian, 07/11/94). CHAPTER 2 Acculturation The concept of culture has been widely studied in the anthropological field and has been a frequently used concept in cross-cultural psychological research as well as a theme of study in culturally aware clinical practice and research. As Rohner (1984) in an examination of the concept of culture explains, within anthropology there seems to be two broad and somewhat opposing views on the nature of culture.

Brazil at that time was faced with the saying "it has to work,” but it did not. "The new generation gets desperate with the lack of opportunities in Brazil and searches for alternatives" ("O povo da diaspora", 8/7/91). Moreover, many middle-class professionals in Brazil were either unable to find a job in the field of their training or even if employed, received salaries so low they were forced to hold two or three jobs in order to meet their needs. A middle-class standard of living was, and continues to be, increasingly difficult to sustain.

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