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Title: Factors contributing to gender inequalities among South-Asian ethnic minorities in Britain : culture or structure?
Author: Wei, Chen-Chi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 4031
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis attempts to develop an analytical framework for understanding differences in gender inequalities across several ethnic groups living in Britain, and for exploring their evolution over time, in three settings: the household, the labour market and the occupational structure. The thesis evaluates whether differences in gender inequalities across ethnic groups in these settings disappear once "controlled" by ethnic groups' differences in economic, human, and social capitals, 5, thus providing a test of "culturalist" vs. "structuralist" approaches to gender inequalities. The thesis applies categorical principal component analysis to the construction of three robust indicators of economic, human, and social resources, and logistic and multinomial regression to test the main hypotheses. Analyzing data from the 2003 Citizenship Survey, the thesis provides a rich assessment of gender inequalities among Pakistani and Indian immigrants, showing how Indian and Pakistani women's disadvantages can be explained by the interplay of cultural and structural factors. Whilst part of these disadvantages disappears in the second generation, Pakistani women remain more vulnerable than Indian women to social pressures towards maintaining their traditional subordination to males due to disadvantages of Pakistani men.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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