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CANCELLED: Kinship Care and “Forced Marriage” in the UK

CANCELLED: Kinship Care and “Forced Marriage” in the UK
Speaker: Dr Perveez Mody # University of Cambridge
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2nd Mar 2018 15:00 - 2nd Mar 2018 17:00
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building

This seminar has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

In this paper, I consider the ways in which acts of kinship amongst British South Asians such as the suitable arrangement of a child’s marriage can be rejected by the child as an act of care and re-framed as acts of force.  Drawing on ethnographic research with women who have experienced “forced marriage” I examine the processes through which young women come to re-examine the meanings of marriage and kinship from their own perspective as “survivors”.   In this context, “survivors” of forced marriages see themselves as moving away from caring acts of kin towards the community of care they can provide each other.  This paper explores the transitions evident in the different subjectivities of care experienced by those who are most immediately involved in a “forced marriage”.  This permits us to assess the ways in which subjectivities of care are not stable givens but rather constitute a constantly shifting set of configurations evolving through changing life experiences.

Freshers 2013