Body Evidence: Intimate Violence against South Asian Women in America (Paperback)

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By Shamita Das Dasgupta (Editor), Shamita Das Dasgupta (Contributions by), Sharmila Rudrappa (Contributions by), Bandana Purkayastha (Contributions by), Anitha Venkataramain-Kothari (Contributions by), Ruksana Ayyub (Contributions by), Bidya Ranjeet (Contributions by), Sandeep Hunjan (Contributions by), Shelagh Towson (Contributions by), Maunica Sthanki (Contributions by), Diya Kallivayalil (Contributions by), V.G. Julie Rajan (Contributions by), Grace Poore (Contributions by), Prajna Choudhury (Contributions by), Sunita Puri (Contributions by), Shashi Jain (Contributions by), Mandeep Grewal (Contributions by), Shivali Shah (Contributions by), Rupaleem Bhuyan (Contributions by), Sujatha Anbuselvi Jesudason (Contributions by), Elora Halim Chowdhury (Contributions by)
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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.

About the Author

Shamita Das Dasgupta is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical law at New York University's School of Law and cofounder of Manavi, Inc.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813539829
ISBN-10: 081353982X
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2007
Pages: 320
Language: English