edited by Péter Berta
contributions by Yafa Shanneik, Schirin Vahle, Pan Wang, Sima Zalcberg Block, Helena Zeweri, Asha L. Abeyasekera, Marian Aguiar, Péter Berta, Shalini Grover, Christina Julios, Serena Petrella, Noorfarah Merali and Raksha Pande
Rutgers University Press, 2023
eISBN: 978-1-9788-2284-9 | Paper: 978-1-9788-2282-5 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-2283-2
Library of Congress Classification HQ802.A77 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.81

Arranged Marriage: The Politics of Tradition, Resistance, and Change shows how arranged marriage practices have been undergoing transformation as a result of global and other processes such as the revolution of digital technology, democratization of transnational mobility, or shifting significance of patriarchal power structures. The ethnographically informed chapters not only highlight how the gendered and intergenerational politics of agency, autonomy, choice, consent, and intimacy work in the contexts of partner choice and management of marriage, but also point out that arranged marriages are increasingly varied and they can be reshaped, reinvented, and reinterpreted flexibly in response to individual, family, religious, class, ethnic, and other desires, needs, and constraints. The authors convincingly demonstrate that a nuanced investigation of the reasons, complex dynamics, and consequences of arranged marriages offers a refreshing analytical lens that can significantly contribute to a deeper understanding of other phenomena such as globalization, modernization, and international migration as well as patriarchal value regimes, intergenerational power imbalances, and gendered subordination and vulnerability of women.