By Lucy Williams
The preferred mind's eye of marriage migration has been encouraged by means of tales of marriage of comfort, of compelled marriage, trafficking and of so-called mail-order brides. This ebook provides a uniquely international view of an increasing box that demanding situations those and different stereotypes of cross-border marriage.
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Gender norms and behaviours which control women and their fertility have had a central role in the history of group identity formation and an important place in the establishment and maintenance of nationalist ideologies (see Yuval-Davis 1997; Handrahan 2004; Kaufman and Williams 2004) . Women are often treated as ethnic boundary markers because of their assumed natural place in the domestic life of the community through their roles as producers and reproducers through childbirth and through the education and cultural indoctrination of children.
A fact partially explained by assumptions about the adaptability of femininity in contrast to the inflexibility of masculinity. In her critique of Bourdieu’s writing on gender, Bev Skeggs argues that women do not resist the domination of men as Bourdieu predicted and that women often accept inequalities that they are well aware of. Skeggs argues that it is this ‘ambiguity of femininity’ (Skeggs 2004: 26) that recognises subordination but does not seek to change it, that has enabled women to adapt and accommodate the difficulties of their lives whether as migrants or not.
Global Marriage: Cross-Border Marriage Migration in Global Context by Lucy Williams