Migration, mobility and changing power relations: aspirations and praxis of Bangladeshi migrants

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Abstract

This article, based on empirical research in two villages in Bangladesh, examines the ways in which migration is not a mere response to poverty and family survival, but becomes an instrument to interrogate the power of the traditional elite and contribute to social and status mobility in the local context. By focusing on four key inter-related dimensions of place, work, consumption and marriage, and on the hierarchies embedded within different migrant destinations, it points to the ways in which migration strategies are related to mobility strategies, and contributes to refiguring class and gender identities. Religion and the construction of a modern Islamic identity, bearing simultaneously elements of materiality and spirituality, serve as a crucial mediating force in this process, bridging the gap between aspirations and praxis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-887
Number of pages16
JournalGender, Place & Culture
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • migration
  • mobility
  • gender
  • status
  • identity
  • Bangladesh

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