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A Love Marriage? The Case of Cameroonian Women in South-South Marriage Migration (1999-2007)

Ngangriyap, Marbell (2016) A Love Marriage? The Case of Cameroonian Women in South-South Marriage Migration (1999-2007). PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Marriage migration from the global South to the global North is on the political and academic agenda. Significantly, a Western notion of love is used to determine a real marriage from sham marriage thereby connecting intimacy with citizenship. Based on 20 semi-structured interviews I analyze how Cameroonian-born women (bushfallers’ wives) who have become British citizens through marriage to Cameroonian-born British men (bushfaller massa) express and perform love. It examines some of the assumptions and contradictions in governmental regulation of marriage migration. I argue that despite the controversial immigration control on marriage (bodies) within the context of binational marriage migration (nation border crossing), marriage migration is neither an entirely migration matter nor an entirely marriage one. Female bushfalling marriage from Cameroon to the UK is born from male bushfalling of the 1990s and social norms bound by love, care, kinship, obligations and expectations which greatly influence women’s marriage migration choices and experiences. Examining women’s love in marriage migration can therefore deepen our understanding of women’s citizenship through marriage which bound them more tightly to their traditional roles in the family with a subordinate status. My thesis seeks to contribute to critical feminist discourse and the marriage migration discourse in general by adding a South-South understanding of love and its link to care, identity, belonging and citizenship in female marriage migration. It offers new insights into a field which has long been dominated by marriage migration between white men from the global South and women from the global North.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Marriage Migration, Love, residency,Cameroonian women,care, home, identity, belonging and citizenship
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Dr M NGANGRIYAP
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2017 10:03
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 10:03
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/17674

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