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Commercially Arranged Marriage Migration: Case Studies of Cross-border Marriages in Taiwan
MELODY CHIA-WEN LU
2005-10-01
Source PublicationIndian Journal of Gender Studies
ISSN0971-5215
Volume12Issue:2-3Pages:275-303
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This article problematises the discourses on commercially arranged marriages, commonly seen as a form of trafficking in women or mail-order brides (MOB), by focusing on a less discussed aspect of commercial marriage migration—namely, the matchmaking and/or marriage brokerage operation. Drawing upon empirical studies of marriages between Taiwanese men and women from South-East Asia and the People's Republic of China, I look at the changing operations of the marriage brokerage industry, the relations between the actors involved prior to, during and after matchmaking and marriage, and the actors’ own perceptions of these operations. The main arguments are that: (a) the marriage brokers play a key role in motivating potential brides/grooms to enter into international marriages and give shape to their preferences in mate choice; and (b) cross-border marriage migration has taken on a very traditional form, involving complex, localised social networks in which women play an active role. As a result, the brokering industry goes beyond mere commercial activities to involve the other types of social relations that are sustained throughout the marriage. Finally, I argue that (c) money ‘transactions’ at the time of a wedding do not necessarily make women a traded ‘commodity’.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/097152150501200206
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaWomen's Studies
WOS SubjectWomen's Studies
WOS IDWOS:000238120400006
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorMELODY CHIA-WEN LU
AffiliationResearch School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS), Leiden University, the Netherlands, Nonnensteeg 1-3, PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands
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MELODY CHIA-WEN LU. Commercially Arranged Marriage Migration: Case Studies of Cross-border Marriages in Taiwan[J]. Indian Journal of Gender Studies,2005,12(2-3):275-303.
APA MELODY CHIA-WEN LU.(2005).Commercially Arranged Marriage Migration: Case Studies of Cross-border Marriages in Taiwan.Indian Journal of Gender Studies,12(2-3),275-303.
MLA MELODY CHIA-WEN LU."Commercially Arranged Marriage Migration: Case Studies of Cross-border Marriages in Taiwan".Indian Journal of Gender Studies 12.2-3(2005):275-303.
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