My Independent Study investigates how gender roles are maintained through the practices of stereotypical South Asian cultural ideologies in second-generation South Asian immigrant women and their families. I conducted interviews with nine women living in the South Asian diaspora between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, to help me further explore their ideas, opinions, histories, and experiences on concepts such as tradition, modernity, aspects of socialization, marriage, and education. With the data collected, I explore the issue of how these concepts are practiced, intersecting culture, religion, socio-economic class, and familial expectations. I identify several themes throughout the interviews that speak through wanting to voice the fact that cultural ideologies are practiced in different ways depending on the family itself. These themes also help to voice both my personal experiences, as well as the personal experiences of each participant, which will give both me and my readers an insight into making a difference and promoting other to take action against the prevalence of patriarchal problems in the South Asian culture and its society.


Craven, Christa


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality


South Asian women, gender roles, patriarchy, marriage, socialization

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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