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Palgrave Macmillan

Love, Marriage and Intimacy among Gujarati Indians

A Suitable Match

ISBN 9781137294296
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

One of the first of its kind, this book compares understandings and experiences of love and intimacy of one distinct cultural group – Gujarati Indians – born and brought up in two different countries. Using in-depth ethnographic fieldwork with middle-class Gujaratis aged between 20 and 30 years of age, it explores their relationship ideals and early experiences of marriage formation. It shows how discourses on what it means to be modern have interacted with pervasive ongoing status ideologies in both the UK and India. In bringing together the findings from both contexts, the book addresses the connections between intimacy, class, globalisation and kinship. Young Gujaratis are concerned not only with global ideals of 'companionate marriage', but also with national and local ideologies of what constitutes a 'respectable' middle-class marriage and family ideal. Such ideals shape not only practices of courtship and relationships, but the very experiences of love and desire.

  • Short-listed for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2015

Katherine Twamley is John Adams Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Unit in the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.


1. Introduction

2. Interactions in the 'Field'

3. Parental Authority, Youth Autonomy and Marital Decisions

4. Pathways to Marriage

5. Love

6. Gender

7. Conclusions

Appendix 1. Tables of Participants

Appendix 2. Data Analysis Procedures

Appendix 3. Participants' Ranking of Traits

Appendix 4. Matrimonial and Dating Agency Materials


Shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize, 2015
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