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Title: The state of sexuality and intimacy: Sri Lankan women migrants in the Middle East
Authors: MONICA ANN SMITH
Keywords: Migration, Gender, Sexuality, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Lebanon
Issue Date: 6-Aug-2010
Source: MONICA ANN SMITH (2010-08-06). The state of sexuality and intimacy: Sri Lankan women migrants in the Middle East. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Drawing upon research in Lebanon and Sri Lanka in 2006-2009, this dissertation presents a critical analysis of state and non-state interventions into the intimate and sexual lives of Sri Lankan migrant women in Beirut. Focusing firstly on state and non-state interventions, it interrogates the ways that normative ideals of heterosexual marriage and family are variously regulated and enforced transnationally and how that both purposefully ignores and acts to constrain women?s sexual agency in situations of migration. It highlights how non-state actors, deliberately or otherwise, fall in line with moralistic state discourses to reinforce the hegemonic paradigms of migrant women?s sexuality. Secondly, assessing state and non-state projects vis-a-vis Sri Lankan female migrants who transgress normative expectations it highlights how institutions operate to promote and repress certain sexualities, images, desires and stereotypes, and how this leads to the marginalization, for example through lack of state acknowledgement and protection, of those who deviate from the norm. Finally, in assessing the actions of subjects within state and non-state bodies, and of migrant women, I highlight the manner in which individuals, demonstrate resilience, reworking and resistance to normative ways of being. In their actions one can see fissures in the normative discourse of the state and thus potential spaces for transformation.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/23712
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