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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.

Chapter 11: Marriage and Migration through the Life Course: Experiences of Widowhood, Separation and Divorce amongst Transnational Sikh Women

Marriage and Migration through the Life Course: Experiences of Widowhood, Separation and Divorce amongst Transnational Sikh Women
Marriage and migration through the life course: Experiences of widowhood, separation and divorce amongst transnational Sikh women
KanwalMand

The idea that ‘sacrifice’ is intrinsic to being married and that women have to be flexible and accommodating towards a husband and his family was pronounced in my conversations with women who were not happy with their marital situation.1 Manjeet, whose marriage had been arranged in Punjab to a Sikh migrant in Tanzania, claimed that she ‘accepted many things that have been bad’ for fear that her husband could easily have asked her to leave. Manjeet had not actually been told to leave, but she tolerated her husband's behaviour to the extent ...

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