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dc.contributor.advisorRisman, Barbara J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBanerjee, Pallavien_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-22T01:37:56Z
dc.date.available2013-02-22T01:37:56Z
dc.date.available2015-02-22T10:30:18Z
dc.date.created2012-12en_US
dc.date.issued2013-02-21
dc.date.submitted2012-12en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/9771
dc.description.abstractIn my dissertation, I examine how visa policies of United States affect Indian transnational “high-skilled” migrants and their families in the United States. I specifically focus on two family forms: a) male-led migrant families or families of Indian high-tech workers; b) female-led migrant families or families of Indian nurses. The “high-skilled” workers migrate for employment on skilled workers visas (H1-B) and their spouses migrate on dependent visas (H-4). The dependent or the H-4 visa, restricts the spouses of skilled workers to find legal employment in the United States or possess any kind of U.S government issued identification in the United States as long as they hold dependent visas. Using extensive qualitative methods - in-depth interviews with 85 family members and 15 immigration experts, observations in the migrant Indian communities and archival data, I argue that the visa regimes governs more than just mobility of the transnational subject. Visa policies reconfigure identities and notions of the self for visa holders and impose constraints on relationships, family, belonging and migration. The visas shape family structures and familial relationship for high-tech workers by reinforcing a patriarchal family form with the man as the breadwinner and the woman as the homemaker. This benefits the private sector labor market at the cost of the well-being of migrant families. Furthermore, when women are the breadwinners, my analysis shows the power of gender as a structure as men try and reclaim power by overt expressions of masculinity and women concede to the patriarchal arrangement by performing subordinate femininities. These findings show how the apparently gender-neutral visa policies of United States take on heavily gendered meanings when translated into everyday interactions in families bound by such policies. By identifying the multi-layered gendered and racialized hidden underpinnings of visa laws, I empirically show that visa structures of the state create a web of dependence for migrant subjects.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2012 Pallavi Banerjeeen
dc.subjectImmigrationen_US
dc.subjectVisa regimesen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectRacializationen_US
dc.subjectIndian Families.en_US
dc.titleConstructing Dependence: Visa Regimes and Gendered Migration in Families of Indian Professional Workersen_US
thesis.degree.departmentSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBielby, William T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGonzales, Nilda F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGuevarra, Anna R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWarner, R. Stephenen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTalpade Mohanty, Chandraen_US
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