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Marriage in the Global South: youth between love, rules, and desires II 
Rita Reis (Institute of Social Sciences - Univeristy of Lisbon)
Raquel Mendes Pereira (CRIA, ISCTE-IUL, NOVA FCSH)
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Inês Lourenço (CRIA, ISCTE-IUL)
Tuesday 22 June, 16:15-18:00 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

This panel explores practices of negotiation, resistance, or transgression regarding marriage among youth in Global South contexts. We invite papers that, based on long-term fieldwork, reflect on how these practices led us to question grand schemes in everyday life.

Long Abstract

In many contexts of the Global South, (ideal) marriage entails a great deal of constrains, involves all family members, and is connected to normative rules and obligations. This can pose problems for potential couples or grooms due to different reasons, and lead them to negotiate, resist, or transgress marriage practices.

Economic circumstances connected to poverty and dowries, based on large amounts of money and goods are a common constrain to youngsters, leaving them in long processes of waithood and causing affective tensions (Singerman 2007; Honwana 2012). These can be aggravated by the social stigma associated with being single (Pappu 2011) or tensions regarding the compliance with licit affective-sexual relations entailed to marriage, and some waithood circumstances are more difficult to comply with. As such, youth tends to find different ways to break love and sex rules, be it through hidden dating practices, where new technologies (i.e., internet and mobile phones) constitute an important asset (Harb and Deeb 2007; Mody 2008), or by imposing or negotiating love marriages in opposition to arranged unions (Chowdhry 2007; Grover 2011). Either way, always trying to receive consent from their families and set forward their own future perspectives and expectations (Bryant and Knight 2019).

We invite communications that, based on long-term fieldwork, reflect on practices of negotiation, resistance, or transgression regarding marriage and affective relations, and how these youth acts led us to question grand schemes (Schielke 2009) through a focus on everyday life practices.

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