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Free Content Barbed affect: Bangladeshi child brides in India negotiate borders and citizenship

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This paper is based on 14 interviews with young Bangladeshi women, who in their early or late teenage years got married to Indian men. It traces their journey from their natal home in Bangladesh to their marital home in India. It focuses on the ways in which young Bangladeshi girls who 'illegally' cross the Indo-Bangladesh border for multiple reasons end up marrying Indian men in border villages in West Bengal. The paper explores the role of affect in the lives of these young women who negotiate, subvert and resist various norms and laws imposed on them by the family and state respectively. It brings to light the ways in which love, longing, desires of various sorts are caught in the web of securitisation of borders and criminalisation of border crossings

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Publication date: February 2019

This article was made available online on March 8, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Barbed affect: Bangladeshi child brides in India negotiate borders and citizenship ".

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