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Death of a migrant: transnational death rituals and gender among British Sylhetis

Gardner, Katy (2002) Death of a migrant: transnational death rituals and gender among British Sylhetis. Global Networks, 2 (3). pp. 191-204. ISSN 1470-2266

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1471-0374.00036


In this article I discuss transnational burial rituals carried out in London and Sylhet. While collective identity and reaffirming social ties are important issues in discussing the burial of migrants in Sylhet, the main focus of the article is on gender. The analysis of what happens when Londonis die reveals a great deal about the differential effects of living between two places on men and women. While transnationalism may in some contexts be understood as potentially subversive, for the majority of Sylhetis in Britain movement between places is highly constrained by poverty and British immigration controls, as well as by particular gender and household relations. These in turn impact on men and women’s experiences of bereavement, as well as on their access to and relationship with the British state.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd & Global Networks Partnership
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2013 08:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:05

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