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East Asian Mothers in Britain

An Intersectional Exploration of Motherhood and Employment

  • Examines how the translation of national and/or ethnic cultural heritage has impacted experiences and identity construction

  • Explores how gender relations within families been reformulated in diasporic space

  • Analyses intersecting factors affecting East Asian migrant women’s experiences of motherhood, employment and gender


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hyun-Joo Lim
    Pages 1-36
  3. Hyun-Joo Lim
    Pages 201-231
  4. Hyun-Joo Lim
    Pages 233-249
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-259

About this book


How do Chinese, Japanese and Korean mothers in Britain make sense of their motherhood and employment? What are the intersecting factors that shape these women’s identities, experiences and stories? Contributing further to the continuing discourse and development of intersectionality, this book examines East Asian migrant women’s stories of motherhood, employment and gender relations by deploying interlocking categories that go beyond the meta axes of race, gender and class, including factors such as husbands’ ethnicities and the locality of their settlement. Through this, Lim argues for more detailed and context specific analytical categories of intersectionality, enabling a more nuanced understanding of migrant women’s stories and identities.

East Asian Mothers in Britain will appeal to students and scholars across a range of disciplines and with an interest in identity, gender, ethnicity, class, migration and intersectionality.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Health & Social SciencesBournemouth UniversityBournemouthUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Hyun-Joo Lim is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Bournemouth University, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title East Asian Mothers in Britain
  • Book Subtitle An Intersectional Exploration of Motherhood and Employment
  • Authors Hyun-Joo Lim
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75634-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09284-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75635-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 259
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Cultural Studies
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Ethnicity Studies
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