Romance on a Global Stage
Pen Pals, Virtual Ethnography, and "Mail Order" Marriages
By (author) Nicole Constable
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Romance on a Global Stage by Nicole Constable
Book DescriptionBy 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 Stage" looks at the intimate realities of Filipinos, 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 Stage" questions the dichotomies so frequently drawn between structure and agency, and between global and local levels of analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520238701
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 9-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicole Constable
Born out of Place, Paperback (March 2014)
Hong Kong is a meeting place for migrant domestic workers, traders, refugees, asylum seekers, tourists, businessmen, and local residents. This book looks at the experiences of Indonesian and Filipina women in this Asian world city.
Migrant Workers in Asia, Paperback (December 2011)
This text provides rich and provocative comparative studies of South and Southeast Asian domestic workers who migrate to other parts of Asia. Conceptually and methodologically, it challenges us to move beyond established regional divides and proposes new ways of mapping inter-Asian connections.
Maid to Order in Hong Kong, Paperback (October 2007)» View all books by Nicole Constable
"An ethnography with a twist, in that it portrays the domestic workers in their own terms, speaking for themselves through their experiences and reactions, including the strategies of resistance developed by the workers."-China Journal
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Author Biography - Nicole Constable
Nicole Constable is Professor of Anthropology and Research Professor at the University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh. She is the editor of Guest People (1996) and author of Maid to Order in Hong Kong (1997), and Christian Souls and Chinese Spirits (California, 1994).
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