Alex Stepick

Date of Award

Summer 8-27-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sociology



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 69 pages)


Sex role -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies, Sex role -- Social aspects -- Case studies, Sexual division of labor -- Case studies, Bosnian American families -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Women immigrants -- Oregon -- Portland -- Social conditions -- Case studies.




This research study examines the impact of international migration of household labor for Bosnian immigrant women living in Portland, Oregon. Bosnia is a society with enduring patriarchal traditions which assume that women are in charge of doing household chores. Men are in charge of providing for the family monetarily. Many Bosnian families migrated to the U.S. in the mid 1990's in order to escape the war in Bosnia. In this study I interview 10 of these Bosnian women, concerning the division of labor in their homes in Bosnia and their homes in U.S. After migrating to the U.S. the amount of work women did within the home lessened as their husbands became more involved in helping with various chores. The changes in the division of household labor did not subvert traditional gender roles. Wives transferred and adapted their views of gender performativity after they migrated to the United States. The results are consistent with research that states that migrant women focus more on advancement of their family rather on their own emancipation.

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