Past events

Reviewer meets Reviewed: Marital Breakdown Among British Asians
Thursday 15 April 2021, 04:00pm - 06:00pm
Hits : 1166
by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Marital Breakdown Among British Asians: Conjugality, Legal Pluralism and New Kinship 

Thursday 15 April 2021 at 4.00-6.00pm (BST)

This webinar will be held on Zoom.
You can register here: 

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’,
a discussion between author Dr Kaveri Qureshi and reviewer Wiebe Ruijtenberg

Against long-standing characterizations of British Asians as ‘flying the flag’ for traditional life, this book identifies an increase in marital breakdown and argues to reorient debates about conservatism and authoritarianism in British Asian families. Qureshi draws on a rich ethnographic study of marital breakdown among working class Pakistani Muslims in order to unpick the grounds of marital conflict, the manoeuvres couples undertake in staying together, their interactions with divorce laws and their moral reasonings about post-divorce family life. Marital Breakdown among British Asians argues against individualization approaches, demonstrating the embeddedness of couples in extended family relations, whilst at the same time showing that Pakistani marriages and divorces do not deviate in all respects from wider marital separation trajectories in Britain. The book provides new insights into how marital breakdown is changing the contours of British Asian families.

The review

JRAI, Vol 26, Issue 3, September 2020, p.701-702 

Qureshi, KaveriMarital breakdown among British Asians: conjugality, legal pluralism and new kinship. xviii, 324 pp., figs, illus., bibliogr. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. £99.99 (cloth)