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Title: Mobility Through Affinal Relations: Bangladeshi "Middle Class", Transnational Immigrants and Networking
Keywords: Middle Class, Marriage, Friendship, Transnational Network, Cosmopolitanism, Transmigrants
Issue Date: 7-Jul-2010
Citation: SEUTY SABUR (2010-07-07). Mobility Through Affinal Relations: Bangladeshi "Middle Class", Transnational Immigrants and Networking. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My doctoral thesis is infused with the assumption that the affluent sections of Bangladeshi `middle class¿ have formed their oligarchy over three decades. Their networks have been instrumental for them in the consolidation of their power, while new forms of alliances have been forged through marriages, thus forming and reproducing power at `home¿ and abroad. My thesis traces the process of `middle class¿ mobility through affinal relations. The endeavour was to examine how marriages are instrumental in strengthening, or weakening, alliances among the dominant sections of this affluent group of the `middle class.¿ Thus, the research seeks to unpack strategies of networking¿through a focus on affinal relationships¿of the metropolitan middle class over the last three decades. As such, the central research queries are: How are marriages preferred among the middle class? How do social arrangements of a marriage secure social power and status at a particular moment? How does this social power transcend the nation-state through personal networks at home and abroad? Eventually, my research addresses these questions by focusing on members of the metropolitan `middle class¿ in Bangladesh and their cosmopolitan counterparts in London.
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