Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration
286 pages, 6 x 9
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Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration

Spousal Relationships among Somali Muslims in the United Kingdom

Rutgers University Press
Winner of the 2022 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize​

This ethical and poetic ethnography analyses the upheavals to gender roles and marital relationships brought about by Somali refugee migration to the UK. Unmoored from the socio-cultural norms that made them men and women, being a refugee is described as making "everything" feel "different, mixed up, upside down." Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration details how Somali gendered identities are contested, negotiated, and (re)produced within a framework of religious and politico-national discourses, finding that the most significant catalysts for challenging and changing harmful gender practices are a combination of the welfare system and Islamic praxis. Described as “an important and urgent monograph," this book will be a key text relevant to scholars of migration, transnational families, personal life, and gender. Written in a beautiful and accessible style, the book voices the participants with respect and compassion, and is also recommended for scholars of qualitative social research methods.

Attentively observed and provocatively argued, this book explores the dynamic inter-relationship between culture, religion, ethnicity, and gender, and how migration remakes people’s understandings of their relationships. It is not only brilliant but beautiful too, capturing the creativity in struggles to craft places in the world. Truly inspirational reading. Bridget Anderson, co-editor of Citizenship and Its Others
In this sensitively-described and expertly analysed ethnography of marriage among Somalis in Bristol, Natasha Carver shows how migration has unsettled Somali cultural norms of womanhood and masculinity. Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration is an exemplary transnational sociology of how identities are constituted. Seán McLoughlin, co-editor of Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities
An exciting insight into marriage, gender, and refugee migration. Weekendavisen
NATASHA CARVER is a lecturer in international criminology at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
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