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The Changing Face of Consumer-Husbands: Transformations in the Mail Order Marriage Industry as a Reflection of Core-Periphery Relations

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The Changing Face of Consumer-Husbands: Transformations in the Mail Order Marriage Industry as a Reflection of Core-Periphery Relations

Couture, Jennifer (2012) The Changing Face of Consumer-Husbands: Transformations in the Mail Order Marriage Industry as a Reflection of Core-Periphery Relations. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This paper focuses on the social, political and economic transformations that have taken place in the existing mail order marriage industry prior to the development of, and throughout the rise of International Marriage Brokers (IMBs) or “mail-order marriage agencies”. A socio-historical analysis on transnational marriage is examined, as well as a content analysis of ads placed by consumer-husbands. Findings in this study show that there is a distinct permeability among brokers who deal in mail order marriage in terms of sex tourism, prostitution, domestic and care-related forms of work, reflected in migration patterns from periphery to core, and how this reflects the growing demands for traditional values expressed through “care” in western culture.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Couture, Jennifer
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Sociology
Date:15 April 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Ikeda, Satoshi
ID Code:973872
Deposited By:JENNIFER COUTURE
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 15:18
Last Modified:15 Nov 2012 17:24
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