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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.

Marriage, Money and Gender: A Case Study of the Migrant Indian Community in Canada
Marriage, money and gender: A case study of the migrant Indian community in Canada
RanjanaSheel

The complex interplay of money, marriage and gender has significant impacts upon women's status in society. It highlights the important issues of women's power and autonomy, as well as the constructions of culture, tradition and patriarchy. These connections come into sharp relief in the context of migration, being particularly evident in the custom of dowry that occupies a central place in many Indian marriages. Dowry is a crucial index of the status of women in contemporary Indian society. Its expansion in many parts of India and the spate of cases of bride burning, suicide and harassment reveals its ...

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