Isolation as a Form of Marital Violence: The South Asian Immigrant Experience

  • Margaret Abraham


Isolation is an important factor in marital abuse among South Asian immigrant families. It lends itself to the invisibility immigrant women experience based on their ethno-gender status in the United States. Drawn from unstructured interviews with abused South Asian immigrant women, three different levels of isolation are explained. The first level involves the quality of a woman's relationship with her spouse; the second is related to the frequency and quality of social interaction with friends, relatives, and coworkers; and the third is explained in terms of the level of access to and participation in the ethnic community and other formal institutions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Abraham
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyHofstra UniversityHempstead

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