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

Rao, Nitya (2013) Migration, mobility and changing power relations: aspirations and praxis of Bangladeshi migrants. Gender, Place & Culture, 21 (7). pp. 872-887. ISSN 0966-369X

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration, mobility,gender,status,identity,bangladesh
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Literacy and Development Group
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Experimental Economics
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Education
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Life Course, Migration and Wellbeing
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Health and Disease
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 16:22
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 08:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44013
DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2013.810600

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