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13:00 - 14:00 9 January 2018

Subjectivity and care in the context of "forced marriage"


Library | Thomas Coram Research Unit (link Map)
27-28 Woburn Square | London | WC1H 0AA | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Dr Perveez Mody, Social anthropologist and lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge Uni, Dr. Perveez Mody is a Social Anthropologist and Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. She is interested in transformations in South Asian kinship, intimacy, marriage, gender, sexuality and care. She has written a monograph about the practice of love-marriage in urban India which is a legal anthropological account of civil marriage legislation and practice from the colonial period into the present workings of marriage rooms in the largest district court in Delhi (The Intimate State: Love-Marriage and the Law in Delhi, Routledge, 2008, with a Foreward by Veena Das). More recently, her work concerns the legal protections against the phenomenon known as “forced m

Dr Mody will consider 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”, she will 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 from kin through to the support provided by the social welfare system in which eligibility and rights need constant iteration and navigation. Subjectivities of care are not stable givens but rather constitute a constantly shifting set of configurations evolving through changing life experiences.


Jenny Woodman
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