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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.

‘America Varan’ Marriages among Tamil Brahmans: Preferences, Strategies and Outcomes
‘America Varan’ marriages among Tamil Brahmans: Preferences, strategies and outcomes

This chapter explores the way in which diasporic opportunities are sought after and rendered possible through matrimonial strategies. While studies on diasporic marriages are quite common in Western anthropology today, such studies have been rather few in the Indian context. Uberoi (1998) explores the internationalisation of the middle-class family and the problem of cultural reproduction in transnational locations through a critical reading of two popular Hindi films meant both for NRI and local audiences, which thematise issues of courtship and marriage. In this context, Uberoi observes that, while issues of transnational identity are taken up in Indian films, Indian sociological studies have lagged behind. The study ...

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