Transnational Pakistani Connections
Marrying ‘Back Home’
Routledge – 2013 – 214 pages
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.
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
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.