The Indian diaspora : situating family building patterns in a migrant community Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study is to ethnographically examine traditionally prescribed notions of sons and daughters in an Indian diasporic community located on Devon Avenue in Chicago. Informed by the association between "ideal" and "actual" family building patterns, this study situates reproductive behaviors and demographic outcomes in its local context examining preferences of family size, sex composition, and the persistence of son preference in this Indian migrant community. This study applies a mixed methods approach—quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection—in answering the following research questions: (1) What are the "desired" and "actual" family size and sex composition patterns among married Asian Indian couples? (2) Do migrant Asian Indian married couples express son preference—how and why? Study findings indicate that son preference continues to persist in this diasporic community revealing three overlapping themes related to the reorientation of kinship networks, the transnational nature of patriarchy, and the dynamic relationship between modernity and tradition.
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