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Friday, March 6 • 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Racializing Embodiment of Female Immigrants

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By the year 2012, approximately more than forty million individuals residing in the United States were immigrants and 11.4 million of them were undocumented (DHA, 2012; MPI, n.d.). According to existing scholarly literature, the general public holds varying degrees of positions and attitudes towards immigrants depending on their legal status (Murray & Marx, 2013; Yakushko, 2009), ethnic origin (Hitlan, Carrillo, & Aikman, 2007), and language abilities (Newman, Hartman, & Taber, 2012). Immigrant women have been stereotyped as uneducated, passive (Hallak & Quina, 2004), exotic, subservient, and model minority, among many other sterotypes (Tummala-Nara, 2013; Yakushko & Espin, 2010). The proposed paper will focus on female immigrants and will present the concept of racializing embodiment (Hook, 2008) as an alternative paradigm in the discussion on existing biases towards female immigrant population in the United States. The paper will provide a brief overview of the theories regarding various forms of gender related bias, including prejudice and stereotypes (Fiske, 2010) as well as extend these theories toward understanding experiences of female immigrants through the post-colonial concept of racializing embodiment (Hook, 2008). The term racializing will be used to refer to linguistically constructed interactive and communicative processes situated within dominant social, political, and cultural practices of the host society (LeCouteur & Augoustinos, 2001). The unconscious processes contributing to the process of racialization of female immigrants will be explored through the language of psychoanalysis and will illustrate how the unconscious placement of objectionable contents and prohibited desires creates a gendered racialized other (Hook, 2008; Hook, 2006; Hook & Truscott, 2013) and differences in gender embodiment within a host culture patriarchy (Hook, 2008). By deploying a psychoanalytic theory (Dalal, 2006; Hook, 2008), the role and impact of signifiers and embodiment of color in the process of racializing of female immigrants will be discussed. Moreover, the concept of abjection will be introduced as the way of understanding projection of simultaneously abhorred and desired contents into the racialized Other. The paper presentation will conclude with further research suggestions and implications for feminist post-colonial clinical practice, namely, scholarship that increases awareness into less visible social structures behind the racializing embodiment of female immigrants and studies that focus on the affective and pre-symbolic dimensions of racializing of immigrant women.


Friday March 6, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Redwood