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Marital mobility in the Bangladeshi middle class: matchmaking strategies and transnational networks

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dc.contributor.author Sabur, Seuty
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-31T03:43:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-31T03:43:17Z
dc.date.issued 2014-09-24
dc.identifier.citation Sabur, S. (2014). Marital Mobility in the Bangladeshi Middle Class: Matchmaking Strategies and Transnational Networks. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 37(4), 586–604. http://doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2014.954757 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1479-0270
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10361/6266
dc.description This article was published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies [© 2014 Taylor & Francis Online] and the definite version is available at : http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2014.954757 The article website is at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00856401.2014.954757?journalCode=csas20 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this paper, I take marriage as the point of entry for exploring social alliances amongst an affluent cluster of the Bangladeshi middle class. Using semi-structured interviews, biographies, family histories, intergenerational data, matrimonial biodata, chat histories, group discussions and blogs, I traced marital genealogies from Bangladesh to Britain in order to understand the strength of their transnational network. I argue that homogamy has become instrumental for this class in consolidating its power as new networks are forged through marriage and in which women play a significant role. These alliances result in the conflation of different kinds of capital, generating a convergence of influence and access among individuals that transcends national boundaries, reconfiguring the group as a cosmopolitan class. This provides a novel perspective on how Bangladeshi women of this class exercise power in marital negotiations while navigating normative practices and patriarchal structures. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher © 2014 Taylor & Francis Online en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00856401.2014.954757
dc.subject Bangladeshi middle class en_US
dc.subject Marriage en_US
dc.subject Homogamy en_US
dc.subject Diaspora en_US
dc.subject Mobility en_US
dc.subject Kinship en_US
dc.title Marital mobility in the Bangladeshi middle class: matchmaking strategies and transnational networks en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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