Keeping connected: security, place, and social capital in a `Londoni' village in Sylhet

Gardner, Katy (2008) Keeping connected: security, place, and social capital in a `Londoni' village in Sylhet. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 14 (3). pp. 477-495. ISSN 1359-0987

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This article explores the relationship between social mobility, insecurity, and connectedness to hierarchically ordered foreign places in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Here, particular areas have migratory connections with Britain, a destination which is perceived by those left behind as supplying bountiful economic opportunities and long-lasting security. In contrast, Bangladesh is experienced as insecure and lacking in prospects. Within this context, social connections are vital, for through them links to Britain are produced and maintained; this is especially the case for young men who are hoping to find a British bride. For them, connectedness results from both their social capital (relationships to successful `Londoni migrants who help arrange their marriages) and their cultural capital (gained by participating in particular forms of work and lifestyles, thus making them more attractive as prospective grooms). Meanwhile for those families settled in Britain, another form of transnational connectedness takes place, in which the political insecurity and social exclusion experienced in Britain are offset by economic and social investments in the desh (homeland).

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Katy Gardner
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:05
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 14:39
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