Global Migrants, Local Lives: Travel and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byKaty Gardner

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Long-term migration is one of the most important factors in the formation of cultural identities in the modern world. Immigrant communities are usually studied in the context of the country people have migrated to; Katy Gardner, however, looks at the neglected `sending' side of the equation.In the sending communities, out-migration has become a central economic and social resource - the route to social, as well as physical, mobility, transforming those who gain access to it. Dr Gardner examines the cultural context and effects of the long-term migration from Bangladesh to Britain and the Middle East, drawing on her fieldwork in the Sylhet district,an area of exceptional migration. Major aspects of Bangledeshi life such as land, family structure, marriage and religion- all of which have been affected by the heavy out-migration - are covered in detail, and the transformation of the social structure is mapped. In focusing on local ideology, this book shows how local cultural meanings are constantly negotiated and contested by different groups in the context of rapid economic change. At the heart of this important contribution to the anthropology of migration is a presentation of the dynamic nature ofmigration and the concomitant possibility of self-transformation it holds for migrant cultures.

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Long-term migration is one of the most important factors in the formation of cultural identities in the modern world. Immigrant communities are usually studied in the context of the country people have migrated to; Katy Gardner, however, looks at the neglected `sending' side of the equation.In the sending communities, out-migration has...

Katy Gardner is at University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:316 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198279191

ISBN - 13:9780198279198

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`This microlevel study is one of the few which examines the sociocultural effects on the "sending" communities, particularly in the South Asian context. This well-written, informative ethnography contributes to our knowledge of another area of modern Bangladesh, as well as a heightenedunderstanding of some of the impacts that international migration has had on the contributing society.'Journal of Asian Studies