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Transnational Pakistani Connections

Marrying ‘Back Home’, 1st Edition

By Katharine Charsley


214 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Since restrictions on commonwealth labour immigration to Britain in the 1960s, marriage has been the dominant form of migration between Pakistan and the UK. Most transnational Pakistani marriages are between cousins or other more distant relatives, lending a particular texture to this transnational social field. Based on research in Britain and Pakistan, this book provides a rounded portrayal incorporating the emotional motivations for, and content of, these transnational unions.

The book explores the experiences of families and individuals involved, including the neglected experiences of migrant husbands, and charts the management of the risks of contracting transnational marriages, as well as examining the consequences in cases when marriages run into conflict. Equally, however, the book explores the attractions of marrying ‘back home’, and the role of transnational marriage in maintaining bonds between people and places. Marriage emerges as a crucial, but dynamic and contested, element of Pakistani transnational connections.

This book is of interest to students and scholars in the fields of migration studies, kinship/the family and South Asian studies, as well as social work, family law and immigration.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Weddings 2. British Pakistanis and Transnationalism 3. Zarurat Rishta: Making and Maintaining Connections 4. Close Kin Marriage: Reducing and reproducing risk 5. Married but not married: the divisibility of weddings and the protection of women 6. Conflicting interests: rifts, concealment, izzat and emotion 7. Migrant Mangetars: masculinity, marriage and migration 8. Gender, Emotion, and Balancing the Picture

About the Author

Katharine Charsley is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK. Her research interests are in gender, kinship and migration, with a particular specialism in marriage-related migration. Her edited volume Transnational Marriage was published by Routledge in 2012.

About the Series

Routledge/Edinburgh South Asian Studies Series

This series is published in association with the Centre for South Asian Studies, Edinburgh University - one of the leading centres for South Asian Studies in the UK with a strong interdisciplinary focus. It presents research monographs and high-quality edited volumes as well as textbook on topics concerning the Indian subcontinent from the modern period to contemporary times. It aims to advance understanding of the key issues in the study of South Asia, and contributions include works by experts in the social sciences and the humanities. In accordance with the academic traditions of Edinburgh, we particularly welcome submissions which emphasise the social in South Asian history, politics, sociology and anthropology, based upon thick description of empirical reality, generalised to provide original and broadly applicable conclusions.

The series welcomes new submissions from young researchers as well as established scholars working on South Asia, from any disciplinary perspective.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General