The illusion of protection? A policy analysis of forced marriage legislation in the UK

Anitha, Sundari and Gill, Aisha (2009) The illusion of protection? A policy analysis of forced marriage legislation in the UK. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 (3). pp. 257-269. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

This article examines the background, provisions and implications of the 2007 Forced Marriage Civil Bill, with specific regard to the UK government’s present efforts to
address the problem of forced marriage. It maps the tensions inherent in the creation of civil and criminal legislation to tackle forced marriage in the UK. The debates on the origins, design and workings of the 2007 Forced Marriage Civil Protection Act are considered, as are its implications for victims, prosecutors and criminal law in general.
By exploring how the dominant discourses on forced marriage have shaped recent legislation, and the state’s response to this problem (focused myopically on the legal system), this article evaluates how effective forced marriage legislation is for protecting vulnerable black and minority ethnic (BME) women in the UK, while also offering reflections on the current challenges confronting attempts to implement legal measures.

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Additional Information:This article examines the background, provisions and implications of the 2007 Forced Marriage Civil Bill, with specific regard to the UK government’s present efforts to address the problem of forced marriage. It maps the tensions inherent in the creation of civil and criminal legislation to tackle forced marriage in the UK. The debates on the origins, design and workings of the 2007 Forced Marriage Civil Protection Act are considered, as are its implications for victims, prosecutors and criminal law in general. By exploring how the dominant discourses on forced marriage have shaped recent legislation, and the state’s response to this problem (focused myopically on the legal system), this article evaluates how effective forced marriage legislation is for protecting vulnerable black and minority ethnic (BME) women in the UK, while also offering reflections on the current challenges confronting attempts to implement legal measures.
Keywords:forced marriage, right to marry, Social Justice, Regulation, Exit, Criminal Justice
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:2988
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:22 Jul 2010 19:11
Last Modified:12 Dec 2012 11:52

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