Bartered bridegrooms

Transacting Muslim masculinities as colonial legacy

By Dr Suriyah Bi

Bartered bridegrooms
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  • ISBN: 9781526181329
  • Publish Date: Dec 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-8132-9
    • Pages: 248
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: December 2024


    In this eye-opening ethnography, we learn about the experiences of Muslim migrant husbands from Pakistan and Kashmir, who marry their British counterparts in the hope of marital and global social mobility bliss. For many, the parallel and intertwined migration and marital journeys do not pan out in the way they had hoped. Many experience precarity and vulnerability within the household and/or in employment, with some even being subjected to harrowing forms of domestic violence. Migrant husbands navigate an increasingly hostile British immigration system not only in public but also in private, at the hands of their wives and in-laws. The ethnography demonstrates how citizenship can be deployed as a performance of white power within single group identity, differentiated through colonial legacies of 'Britishness'.


    This fascinating book explores the ways in which Pakistani migrant husbands negotiate their masculinity in a situation in which they are doubly vulnerable, both as racialized migrant Muslims and as junior males inserted into patriarchal extended family households. The research is both cutting-edge and vital, with real-life implications for Muslim communities and for British society as a whole. A must-read for social scientists of gender, migration, Islam, and South Asia, as well as immigration experts in Europe and beyond.
    Marcia C. Inhorn, Yale University

    A fascinating and beautifully written exploration of an under-researched issue - the lives of young Muslim men who migrate to marry. This book is a powerful addition to recent scholarship revealing the complexities and contradictions of masculine identities in post-colonial Britain.
    Professor Linda McDowell, St Johns College, Oxford

    Taking full advantage of her insider-outsider status, Suriyah Bi introduces the reader to a side of Pakistani migration to the UK that has not been studied before. Husbands from Pakistan who arrive in the UK to marry British Pakistani wives find themselves disempowered and often exploited. Bi's rich, sensitive, and hard-won ethnography includes moving testimonies and demonstrates how colonial legacies and contemporary immigration law reach right into the heart of the transnational household. Bartered Bridegrooms is an important contribution to understanding how migration, gender, generation, and religion intersect and interact.
    David N. Gellner, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford


    1 Transnational masculinity: the making of patriarchal aspirations across borders
    2 Liminal masculinity: waithood, precarity and vulnerable migrant husbands
    3 Reasserting masculinity: 'Songs of Sorrow' as practices of resistance
    4 Spiritual masculinity: Sufi-scapes, Sabr, and religiosocial capital
    5 Decolonising Muslim men: gender, race, and colonialism


    Suriyah Bi is Lecturer in Human Geography and Qualitative Research Methods in the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.

    Bartered bridegrooms

    By Dr Suriyah Bi

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