Changing nature and emerging patterns of domestic violence in global contexts: dowry abuse and the transnational abandonment of wives in India

Anitha, Sundari and Yalamarty, Harshita and Roy, Anupama (2018) Changing nature and emerging patterns of domestic violence in global contexts: dowry abuse and the transnational abandonment of wives in India. Women's Studies International Forum, 69 . pp. 67-75. ISSN 0277-5395

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Abstract

This paper argues for the need to understand dowry-related abuse through a lens that focuses not only on micro-and meso-level gendered socio-cultural milieus and economic norms but also on macro-level formal-legal structures and global power asymmetries. Based on life-history narratives of 57 women in India and 21 practitioner interviews, this paper documents a growing phenomenon whereby men who are resident in another country abuse their Indian-origin wives, appropriate their dowry and abandon them. While dowry-related abuse in such marriages is part of a continuum of domestic violence prevalent in South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, we explore how gender and migration intersect to exacerbate existing forms of violence against women and foster new forms of violence such as transnational abandonment. Gender-blind transnational formal-legal frameworks and gendered and transnational structural inequalities come together to construct transnational brides as ‘disposable women’ who can be abused, exploited and cast aside with impunity.

Keywords:domestic violence in India, financial abuse, dowry, transnational abandonment of wives, gender and migration
Subjects:L Social studies > L420 International Social Policy
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:07 May 2018 20:17

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