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This is the final volume in the five volume series on Women and Migration in Asia. The articles in this volume bring a gender-sensitive perspective to bear on aspects of marriage and migration in intra- and transnational contexts.

In particular, the articles consider:

How, given specific rules of marriage and (post-marital) residence, the institution of marriage may itself entail women's migration; How marriage can be used as an individual and family strategy to facilitate migration, and conversely, how migration may become an important factor in the making of marriages; The fluid boundaries between matchmaking and trafficking in the context of migration; The political economy of marriage transactions; and finally, more broadly; The impact of intra- and transnational migration on the institution of marriage, family relations, and kinship networks

While most of the articles here concern marriage in the context of transnational migration, it is important—given the reality of uneven development within the different countries of the Asian region—to emphasize the overlap and commonality of issues in both intra- and international contexts.

Exploring the Links: Gender Issues in Marriage and Migration
Exploring the links: Gender issues in marriage and migration
RajniPalriwala and PatriciaUberoi

Transnational family life is a theme that receives considerable media attention worldwide. Much of it is negative. There are tales of hapless girls and women trafficked across international borders for marriage and/or sex work; of young men who use the proceeds of their dowries to finance emigration—never to be heard of again; of serial grooms who enjoy a few nights’ intimacy and vanish with the bride's jewellery; of ‘Mail-Order Brides’ whose love lasts as long as it takes to ensure permanent residency in desired destinations; of immigrant grooms who fail in the husband-provider role and vent their frustration on their wives and children; of cowed victims ...

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