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‘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), pp. 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.

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Published date: June 2011
Keywords: university, education, social capital, bonding and bridging ties, indian women


Local EPrints ID: 189823
ISSN: 0142-5692
PURE UUID: 83278373-7da8-4497-aa01-e85e67a37c8f

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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2011 10:07
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:39

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Author: Kalwant Bhopal

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