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Transcending Boundaries, Negotiating Identities: A Study of Cross-region Marriage in North India

Paro Mishra successfully defended her PhD Thesis titled "Transcending Boundaries, Negotiating Identities: A Study of Cross-region Marriage in North India" on 28 July 2017. Congratulations Dr Paro Mishra!

THESIS TITLE: "Transcending Boundaries, Negotiating Identities: A Study of Cross-region Marriage in North India" on 28 July 2017.

THESIS ABSTRACT:
"Transcending Boundaries, Negotiating Identities: A Study of Cross-region Marriage in North India" is an ethnographic presentation of the practice of cross-cultural marriages in the rural North Indian context. The focus here is on the migrant brides from various parts of India who leave their familiar social worlds and move into a completely alien socio-cultural milieu post marriage with men who are unable to find spouses locally owing to demographic imbalance and other socio-economic disadvantages. Being very different from the conventional/normative models of marital relationships in North India, cross-region marriages are deemed a priori as problematic in the popular discourse. This thesis critiques the simplistic portrayals of cross-region marriages as trafficking in women by examining the „lived‟ experience of these unconventional relationships. In particular this thesis explores the active and material ways in which female marriage migrants craft identity and belonging in their daily lives in an unfamiliar cultural environment, in relation to the broad stereotypes held of them as „trafficked women‟ and „bought brides‟ in the popular discourse and also amongst the local populace. Stressing on the need to ethnographically account for a wide variety of marital relationships in India, this thesis makes the case for moving away from an understanding of marriage as a structure, as has been done traditionally in anthropology, and think in the direction of looking at it more as a domain of emotional bonding, flexibility, negotiation and experience.

BIO:

Paro Mishra completed her Graduation and Masters in Sociology from LSR College, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. She is currently teaching at the Department of Sociology, Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Her select publications include: "Being „bare branches‟: Demographic imbalance, marriage exclusion and masculinity in North India" in Sharada Srinivasan and Li Shuzhou (eds.), 'Scarce' Women and 'Surplus' Men in Communities of Asia: Macro Demographics versus Local Dynamics. Canada: Springer (2017); "Imbalanced sex-ratio and cross-region marriage: The challenges of transcending caste boundaries" in Ravinder Kaur (ed.) Too Many Men, Too Few Women: Mapping the Adverse Consequences of Imbalanced Sex-ratios in India and China. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan (2016); and "Sex Ratios, cross-region marriage and the challenge to caste endogamy in Haryana", Economic & Political Weekly, 158 (35): 70-78 (2013).