Asian women, job training and the social organization of immigrant labor markets

Kamini Maraj Grahame

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This paper examines the entry of Asian immigrant women into a gendered labor market via government-funded job training programs. The focus is on the intake processing of clients into an employment training program operated by a community based organization. The study reveals that women's family responsibilities and the cultural capital they bring function to screen them into or out of training programs and ultimately shape their location in the workforce. The study thus draws attention to how race, class, and gender enter into the organization of Asian immigrant women into the labor market. This investigation is based in institutional ethnography (Smith 1987), a research strategy which displays how activities in a particular setting are coordinated with more extended forms of social organization. The study shows that the overriding concern with successful placement in a job as mandated by government regulations is a critical factor in selecting the women for these programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-90
Number of pages16
JournalQualitative Sociology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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