Margaret Abraham is the author of Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States, the first book on domestic violence in the US South Asian community, where she coined the term "SAWO: South Asian Women's Organization." 

Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asian Immigrants in the United States (Rutgers University Press 2000) won the American Sociological Association: Section on Asian and Asian America Outstanding Book Award in 2002.

Margaret has also co-edited Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship (Ashgate, 2010) and Special Issue: Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice (Current Sociology, Sage, 2012); and Interrogating Gender, Violence, and the State in National and Transnational Contexts (Guest editors: Evangelia Tastsoglou and Margaret Abraham, Current Sociology, July 2016; 64 (4).)

She has been published in various journals including Gender & SocietyViolence Against Women, Social Justice, and Indian Journal of Gender Studies on a wide range of subjects – from domestic violence to citizenship and globalization to sociological pedagogy and practice.

 

Books

Contours of Citizenship:  Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. 2010. Co-edited Margaret Abraham (lead editor), Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou-Alipranti, Evangelia Tastsoglou, Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Aldenshot, Hampshire, UK.

Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among South Asians in the U.S. 2000. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick New Jersey (reprinted 2002).

Special Issue: Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice. 2012, Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-edited with Bandana Purkayastha).

Interrogating Gender, Violence, and the State in National and Transnational Contexts Guest editors: Evangelia Tastsoglou and Margaret Abraham, Current Sociology, July 2016; 64 (4).

Articles and Chapters

“Interrogating gender, violence, and the state in national and transnational contexts: Framing the issues” in Current Sociology July 2016 64: 517-534, first published on April 18, 2016 (Margaret Abraham and Evangelia Tastsoglou)


“Addressing domestic violence in Canada and the United States: The uneasy co-habitation of women and the state” Current Sociology July 2016 64: 568-585, first published on April 13, 2016 (Margaret Abraham and Evangelia Tastsoglou)


"The Intersections of Protest Suicides, Oppression and Social Justice" in Sociologies in Dialogue, Volume 1, no. 1, 2015.


“Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: Linking Research and Action on Domestic Violence”, Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. SAGE Publications: Thousand Oaks, California. 2015.


"Introduction: Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy and Policy for Social Justice". 2012. Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-authored with Bandana Purkayastha).

"Transforming Place and Belonging through Action Research, Community Practice, and Public Policy: Comparing Responses to NIMBYism". 2012, Current Sociology, Sage. (Co-authored with Gregory Maney)


"Globalization, Work and Citizenship: The Call Centre Industry in India". 2010. Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


"Rethinking Citizenship with Women in Focus.” 2010. Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and Practices of Citizenship. (Co-authored with Esther Ngan-ling Chow, Laura Maratou. Evangelia Tastsoglou) Ashgate Publishing Ltd.


“Whose Backyard? Boundary Making in NIMBY Opposition to Immigrant Services.” 2009. Social Justice (Co-authored with Gregory Maney).


 “Globalization and the Call Center Industry.” 2008. International Sociology Review of Book.


“Ethnicity and Marginality: A Study of Indian Jewish Immigrants in Israel.” 2007. Indian Diaspora in West Asia: A Reader, (Editor, Prakash C. Jain). Manohar Publishers: New Delhi.


“Infanticide”. 2006. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Macmillan Library Reference.


“Model Minority and Marital Violence: South Asian Immigrants in the United States.”2006. Chapter in Cultural Psychology of Immigrants. (Editor, Ram Mahalingam). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates In., Publishers.


"Domestic Violence and the Indian Diaspora in the United States” Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 2005. (Also reprinted in Marriage and Migration. Editors, Rajni Palriwala and Patricia Uberoi, Sage Publication, 2007).


Serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) Battered Women: A National Survey of the Courts' Capacity to Provide Protection Orders." 2006. Conducted by National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA. (Co-authored report on NIJ-sponsored project). www.ncsconline.org  


South Asian Immigrant Women’s HIV/AIDS Related Issues: An Exploratory Study of New York City". 2005. (Co-authored with Roopa Chakkappan and Sung Won Park). Report Published by APICHA.


“Strategies of Resistance.” 2005. Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings in Race, Class, Gender and Culture. (Edited by Natalie Sokoloff and Christine Pratt.) Rutgers University Press. 


“Addressing Domestic Violence and Challenging the Model Minority Community of South Asians in the United States.” 2002. Intersections and Divergences: Contemporary Asian American Communities. (Edited by R. Bonus and L. Vo.) Temple University Press.


"Immigrant Status and Marital Violence." 2002. Women and the Politics of Violence. (Editor, Taisha Abraham), New Delhi: Shakti Books.


"Femicide." 2001. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies 

"Infanticide." 2001. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies


“Reflections on Doing Research.” 2000. Comments in Asian Mode 1999-2000 Issue 2.


 Isolation as a Social Factor in Marital Violence: The South Asian Immigrant Experience.” 2000. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9(3). 


Sexual Abuse in South Asian Immigrant Marriages.” 1999. Violence Against Women, 5(6). 


“Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence Among the South Asian Community in the United States." 1998.  Indian Journal of Gender Studies 5 (2).


“Marital Violence and Alienation among South Asian Immigrant Women in the United States." 1998. Designs on Alienation (Editor, Devorah Kalekin-Fishman). Finland: Sophi Press.


"Ethnicity, Gender, and Marital Violence: South Asian Women's Organizations in the United States." 1995. Gender & Society, 9 (4).


"Ethnicity and Marginality: Indian Jewish Immigrants in Israel." 1995. South Asian Bulletin.


"From India to Israel: A Sociological Analysis of Migration Factors Among Indian Jews." 1995. Population Review .


“Marginality and Disintegration of Community Identity Among the Jews of India”. 1994. Studies of Jewish Identity (Edited by Nathan Katz), New Delhi, Manohar.


"The Cochin Jews of India: A Socio-Historical Study." 1994. Asian Culture: Tradition and Diaspora. Selected Conference Proceedings, York College, CUNY.


 “Marital Violence in Developing Countries.” 1992. Women and Development by NOW, India No.1.


 “The Normative and the Factual: An Analysis of Emigration Factors of the Jews of India.” 1991. Jewish Journal of Sociology