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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 2: Marriage Migration in China: The Enlargement of Marriage Markets in the Era of Market Reforms

Marriage Migration in China: The Enlargement of Marriage Markets in the Era of Market Reforms
Marriage migration in China: The enlargement of marriage markets in the era of market reforms

The study of internal migration in China tends to focus heavily on economics. Marriage migration is often ignored or mentioned only as a factor that inflates migration statistics. The implication is that somehow marriage migration is not ‘real’ migration. Yet, under the definition of migration most usually employed in China, that is, a move across administrative boundaries, marriage migration is a major form of migration and the primary cause of female migration. In the collective era when peasants were virtually tied to the land, marriage migrations probably outnumbered all other migrations. As the Chinese marriage system ...

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