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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 7: Unorthodox Sisters: Gender Relations and Generational Change among Malayali Migrants in Italy

Unorthodox Sisters: Gender Relations and Generational Change among Malayali Migrants in Italy
Unorthodox sisters: Gender relations and generational change among Malayali migrants in Italy

This chapter deals with the migration of Christians from the South Indian state of Kerala to Italy1, focusing on the experiences of migrants and on their discourses on marriage and dowry. In exploring the relation between women's active engagement with transnational migration and transformations in the meanings and practices of marriage, the chapter analyses the way in which this important lifecycle event intertwines with experiences of geographical and social mobility, how migration contributes to the redefinition of family, and the way in which gender ideologies and generational relations and values are questioned and reformulated by women as migrants and earning subjects. First, ...

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