Romance on a Global Stage - Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography, and Mail Order Marriages

ISBN-10: 0520238702
ISBN-13: 9780520238701
Edition: 2003
Authors: Nicole Constable
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166

By the year 2000 more than 350 Internet agencies were plying the email-order marriage trade, and the business of matching up mostly Western men with women from Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America had become an example of globalization writ large. This provocative work opens a window onto the complex motivations and experiences of the people behind the stereotypes and misconceptions that have exploded along with the practice of transnational courtship and marriage. Combining extensive Internet ethnography and face-to-face fieldwork,Romance on a Global Stagelooks at the intimate realities of Filipinas, Chinese women, and U.S. men corresponding in hopes of finding a suitable marriage partner. Through the experiences of those engaged in pen pal relationships--their stories of love, romance, migration, and long-distance dating--this book conveys the richness and dignity of women's and men's choices without reducing these correspondents to calculating opportunists or naive romantics. Attentive to the structural, cultural, and personal factors that prompt women and men to seek marriage partners abroad,Romance on a Global Stagequestions the dichotomies so frequently drawn between structure and agency, and between global and local levels of analysis.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Making Introductions
Ethnography in Imagined Virtual Communities
Feminism and Myths of "Mail-Order" Marriages
Fairy Tales, Family Values, and the Global Politics of Romance
Political Economy and Cultural Logics of Desire
Women's Agency and the Gendered Geography of Marriage
Tales of Waiting: History, Immigration, and the State
Conclusion: Marriage, Migration, and Transnational Families
Notes
References
Cited Index

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