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Women occupying the hybrid space: Second-generation Korean-American women negotiating choices regarding work and family

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This chapter addresses some of these questions and issues by looking at how a sample of 20 second-generation Korean-American women attending a prestigious Midwestern public university negotiate multiple dominant and subordinate femininities in the everyday construction of their gender identities. Much of this work focuses on &t;controlling images&t; that normalize an image of femininity associated with white upper-class women and simultaneously devalue other femininities located among racially marginalized groups. In the following sections, it is demonstrated how these issues played out for the informants in the social realms of work and family. In this chapter it has been shown how the informants' discussions of work and family reflect their position as racially marginalized women who simultaneously construct an everyday sense of their gender identity according to dominant and subordinated femininities.

Keywords: Choices; Famils; Hybrid Space; Hybrid Space :Second Generation; Incorporating Dominant; Method; Second-Generation Korean-American; Space :Second Generation Korean; Subordinated Femininities; Women Occupying

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