‘Education makes you have more say in the way your life goes’: Indian women and arranged marriages in the UK


Bhopal, Kalwant (2011) ‘Education makes you have more say in the way your life goes’: Indian women and arranged marriages in the UK. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 32, (3), 431-437. (doi:10.1080/01425692.2011.559342 ).

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This paper explores Indian women’s views on arranged marriages in the UK. It is based on research carried out with 32 Indian women studying at a university in the South East of England, UK. The article draws on Wenger’s (1998) social theory of learning to explore how Indian women’s participation in communities of practice in higher education contributes to their participation in arranged marriages. The concept of ‘social capital’ (Bourdieu, 1986) is used to discuss how women are able to negotiate their participation in arranged marriages, It is used to examine the knowledge and identity resources that women develop through their participation in higher education which provides them with the means from which to develop the necessary ‘bridging ties’ (Putnam, 1999) leading to their active participation in the wider South Asian community.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0142-5692 (print)
1465-3346 (electronic)
Keywords: university, education, social capital, bonding and bridging ties, indian women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 189823
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 10:07
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:42
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/189823

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