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Keywords:

  • Couples;
  • Gender;
  • Power;
  • Culture;
  • Immigrants;
  • Social Context

Immigration is a world-wide phenomenon and practitioners are increasingly called on to work with issues related to it. The authors examine the experience of couples who are immigrants to the United States in regard to gender and power issues. Although the study limited participation to one religious group in order to hold that aspect of culture and gender attitudes constant, the experiences of these couples help to make visible the link between microlevel couple interaction and larger social processes. The results show how the couples manage a delicate balance between the push for gender change and avoiding too much conflict as male power is challenged.

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La inmigración es un fenómeno global, y cada vez se pide más a los profesionales que trabajen en temas relacionados con ella. Los autores examinan la experiencia de varias parejas de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos, prestando atención a problemas de género y poder. Aunque el estudio limitó la participación a un solo grupo religioso para dejar ese aspecto de actitudes culturales y de género como una constante, las experiencias de estas parejas ayudan a ilustrar la conexión entre la interacción de pareja a micro-nivel y los procesos sociales a mayor escala. Los resultados muestran cómo las parejas alcanzan un sutil equilibrio entre el empuje para el cambio de género y el evitar el exceso de conflicto cuando se amenaza el poder masculino. Palabras clave: parejas, género, poder, cultura, inmigrantes, contexto social

Immigration is a world-wide phenomenon and practitioners are increasingly called on to work with issues related to it. The authors examine the experience of couples who are immigrants to the United States in regard to gender and power issues. Although the study limited participation to one religious group in order to hold that aspect of culture and gender attitudes constant, the experiences of these couples help to make visible the link between micro-level couple interaction and larger social processes. The results show how the couples manage a delicate balance between the push for gender change and avoiding too much conflict as male power is challenged. inline image couples, gender, power, culture, immigrants, social context

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