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Violence Against Latina Immigrants

Citizenship, Inequality, and Community

Roberta Villalon, 0, 0

Publication Year: 2010

“A stunning documentation of the ways in which structural and cultural conditions in current immigration and Violence Against Women laws in the United States reinforce the hierarchies and intersections of race, class, and heterosexuality that impact on the lives of battered Latina immigrants.”

Published by: NYU Press

Violence Against Latina Immigrants

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

"I would like to express my gratitude to all the people and institutions that have made the creation of this book possible. First and foremost, I am indebted to the immigrant survivors of violence and the nonprofit advocates who were willing to share their stories and experiences with me; without them, this book would serve no purpose."

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1 Introduction

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pp. 1-16

"Angela, Claudia, Julia, Luisa, Laura, Martha, Rosa, Manuela, Ana, Susana, Clara, Silvana, Rosario, M

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2 Violence against Latina Immigrants and Immigration Law

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pp. 17-40

"While it is true that anyone can become a victim or a perpetrator of intimate partner violence, gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, class, and immigration status influence the way in which violence is inflicted and endured, as well as the resources available to escape and overcome the abusive relationship. The case of Angela poignantly shows ..."

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3 Formal Barriers to Citizenship

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pp. 41-78

"The all-inclusive spirit of the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act is tainted by gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, and class discriminatory parameters that end up excluding many battered immigrants, regardless of their history of abuse."

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4 Informal Barriers to Citizenship

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pp. 79-120

"Having uncovered the parameters that the state employs to determine whether a battered immigrant is worthy or unworthy to become a citizen of the United States, I now look into how attorneys, legal assistants, and other immigrants’ advocates act as mediator between the state..."

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5 Resisting Inequality

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pp. 121-162

"How did battered immigrants and ORA staff negotiate intersecting gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, and class structural forces? How can the paradoxes of the system and the pervasiveness of inequality be resisted and overcome? As opposed to the previous two chapters, which focused on the power of immigration laws over nonprofit organizations..."

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6 Conclusion

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pp. 163-172

"The Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act represent major achievements in the struggle to end violence against immigrant women as long as these laws acknowledge intimate partner violence as a social problem and provide a diverse array of support to survivors according to their particular vulnerabilities."


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pp. 173-192


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pp. 193-202


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pp. 203-206

About the Author

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pp. 207-208

E-ISBN-13: 9780814788264
E-ISBN-10: 0814788262
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814788233
Print-ISBN-10: 0814788238

Page Count: 212
Publication Year: 2010

OCLC Number: 642206024
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Violence Against Latina Immigrants

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Subject Headings

  • Women immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions.
  • Women immigrants -- Violence against -- United States.
  • Latin Americans -- Violence against -- United States.
  • United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
  • Latin Americans -- United States -- Social conditions.
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