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Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World
Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala
Price
850.00
ISBN
9789352872732
Language
English
Pages
440
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2018
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

Marrying in South Asia looks closely at the changing notions and practices of marriage in Bangladeshi, Pakistani and south Indian Muslims, Bhutanese ethnic groups, Nepali widows, the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, south Asian gays and lesbians, middle class and urban, working class communities, and many other groups. With the globalising world as the backdrop, the essays in this volume examine the processes that make a marriage, the implications of marriage, cohabitation and divorce on domesticity and work, and the acknowledgement of multiple sexualities, as well as the contestations and conflicts—including in the law courts—that are part of the institution. The diverse ethnographic accounts, demographic analyses and economic investigations provide a wider window to marriage than is usually available in a single volume.

This volume brings together scholars in sociology, anthropology, economics, demography, development studies, queer theory and gender studies, and historical research from around the world. It is a must-read for students and scholars of sociology, anthropology and South Asia studies.

Rajni Palriwala is Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi University.
Ravinder Kaur is Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi.

List of Tables, Figures and Map
Editors’ Acknowledgements
Publishers’ Acknowledgements
Introduction: Marriage in South Asia: Continuities and Transformations
Rajni Palriwala and Ravinder Kaur

Part 1: Diversities in Models and Practices

1. Change and Continuity in Marital Alliance Patterns: Muslims in South India
Sylvia Vatuk
2. Marriage in Bhutan: At the Confluence of Modernity and Identity
Sonam Chuki
3. Transgressions, Accommodations and Change: Configuring Gender and Sexuality within Marriage Practices of the Kolams
Pushpesh Kumar

Part 2: Behind Demographic Trends

4. Marriage Continuity and Change in Bangladesh
Sajeda Amin and Maitreyi Das
5. Negotiating Marriage: Examining the Gap between Marriage and Cohabitation in India
Lester Andrist, Manjistha Banerji and Sonalde Desai

Part 3: Economics of Marriage

6. Marriage, Women and Work: The Estate Tamils in Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations
Amali Philips
7. Marriage, Labour Circulation and Smallholder Capitalism in Andhra Pradesh
Priti Ramamurthy
8. Marriage, Women’s Economic Participation and Patterns of Support in Urban Karachi
Anwar Shaheen
9. Why Marry A Cousin?: Insights from Bangladesh
Shareen Joshi, Sriya Iyer and Quy Toan Do

Part 4: Making a Marriage

10. ‘Love’ in the Shadow of the Sewing Machine: A Study of Marriage in the Garment Industry of Chennai, South India
Johanna Lessinger
11. Transnational Marriages: Documents, Wedding Albums, Photographers and Jaffna Tamil Marriages
Sidharthan Maunaguru
12. Surfing for Spouses: Marriage Websites and the ‘New’ Indian Marriage?
Ravinder Kaur with Priti Dhanda

Part 5: Love and Conjugality in and Beyond Marriage

13. ‘Why did you send me like this?’: Marriage, Matriliny and the ‘Providing Husband’ in North Kerala, India
Janaki Abraham
14. ‘Purani aur Nai Shaadi’: Separation, Divorce and Remarriage in the Lives of the Urban Poor in New Delhi
Shalini Grover
15. Multiple Ironies: Notes on Same-Sex Marriage for South Asians at Home and Abroad
Ashley Tellis

Part 6: Legal Interventions and Activism

16. Dreaming a Better Court for Women: Adjudication and Subjectivity in the Family Courts of Kolkata, India
Srimati Basu
17. When Marriage Breaks Down How do Contracts Matter?: Marriage Contracts and Divorce in Contemporary North India
Katherine Lemons
18. Widowhood, Socio-cultural Practices and Collective Action: A Study of Survival Strategies of Single Women in Nepal
Makiko Habazaki
Notes on Contributors
Index  

 

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