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Keeping connected: security, place, and social capital in a 'Londoni' village in Sylhet

Gardner, Katy (2008) Keeping connected: security, place, and social capital in a 'Londoni' village in Sylhet. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (3). pp. 124-149. ISSN 1359-0987

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2008.00513.x


This article explores the relationship between social mobility, insecurity, and connectedness to hierarchically ordered foreign places in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Here, particular areas have migratory connections with Britain, a destination which is perceived by those left behind as supplying bountiful economic opportunities and long-lasting security. In contrast, Bangladesh is experienced as insecure and lacking in prospects. Within this context, social connections are vital, for through them links to Britain are produced and maintained; this is especially the case for young men who are hoping to find a British bride. For them, connectedness results from both their social capital (relationships to successful ‘Londoni’ migrants who help arrange their marriages) and their cultural capital (gained by participating in particular forms of work and lifestyles, thus making them more attractive as prospective grooms). Meanwhile for those families settled in Britain, another form of transnational connectedness takes place, in which the political insecurity and social exclusion experienced in Britain are offset by economic and social investments in the desh (homeland).

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Additional Information: © 2008 Royal Anthropological Institute
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 08:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:49

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