Breadwinners and Homemakers: Migration and Changing Conjugal Expectations in Rural Bangladesh

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Abstract

The literature on marriage norms and aspirations across societies largely sees the institution as static – a tool for the assertion of masculinities and subordination of women. The changing meanings of marriage and conjugality in the contemporary context of globalisation have received scant attention. Based on research in rural Bangladesh, this article questions the usefulness of notions of autonomy and dependence in understanding conjugal relations and expectations in a context of widespread migration for extended periods, especially to overseas destinations, where mutuality is crucial for social reproduction, though in clearly genderdemarcated domains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-40
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2012

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