Gender, migration and exclusionary citizenship regimes: understanding transnational abandonment of wives as a form of violence against women

Anitha, Sundari and Roy, Anupama and Yalamarty, Harshita (2018) Gender, migration and exclusionary citizenship regimes: understanding transnational abandonment of wives as a form of violence against women. Violence Against Women . ISSN 1077-8012

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Abstract

Based on life-history narratives of 57 women in India who married Indian-origin men settled
(primarily) in the West and interviews with 21 practitioners, we document the neglect, abuse and
instrumental deprivation of the women’s rights in the process of transnational abandonment.
Gendered local socio-cultural milieus and economic norms contribute to these harms in a context
where women’s identity and social status are closely connected to marriage. However, these
harms are enabled and sustained by transnational formal-legal frameworks which make women
subordinate citizens. Widening the explanatory lens for understanding domestic violence beyond
the family and community, we argue that in a globalised world, (inter)state policies serve to
construct categories of ‘disposable women’ who can be abused and abandoned with impunity.

Keywords:transnational abandonment of wives, gendered citizenship, intersectionality, domestic violence in India, gender and migration
Subjects:L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:14 Feb 2017 13:37

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