Zancouver: Iranian women migrants in Vancouver B.C., 1978-2007

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Graduate student (Masters)
Date created: 
2008
Keywords: 
Iranian Canadian women
Gender Identity--Islamic countries
Immigrants -- British Columbia -- History -- 20th century
Iran History Revolution 1979 Personal Narratives
Oral history -- British Columbia
Migration
Iranian women
Vancouver
Gender roles
Oral history
Abstract: 

This thesis examines the migration of Iranian women to Vancouver, B.C., between the period 1978 through 2007. One of the most significant factors influencing this migration was the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979, although Canadian immigration policy also impacted the migration of Iranian women to Vancouver during the last quarter of the twentieth century. This study utilizes oral history interviews with Iranian women to analyze the multiple reasons for their emigration from Iran and subsequent settlement in Vancouver. It demonstrates the internal diversity of Iranians in Vancouver in terms of their reasons for leaving Iran and coming to Canada, their political affiliations, religious beliefs, personal value systems, and attitudes regarding class and status. These differences have resulted in feelings of divisiveness and distrust amongst Iranian women in Vancouver and have inhibited the development of a sense of community based on a shared national background for Iranians in Vancouver to date.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Andrea Geiger
Department: 
Dept. of History - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)
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