Forced Marriage

Introducing a Social Justice and Human Rights Perspective

Edited by Aisha Gill and Sundari Anitha
With a Foreword by Yakin Erturk


An international, multi-disciplinary perspective that provides an alternative to prevailing conceptualisations of forced marriage.
Forced Marriage is a social justice and human rights perspective which brings together leading practitioners and researchers from the disciplines of criminology, sociology and law. Together the contributors provide an international, multi-disciplinary perspective that offers a compelling alternative to prevailing conceptualisations of the problem of forced marriage.

The volume examines advances in theoretical debates, analyses existing research and presents new evidence that challenges the cultural essentialism that often characterises efforts to explain, and even justify, this violation of women's rights. By locating forced marriage within broader debates on violence against women, social justice and human rights, the authors offer an intersectional perspective that can be used to inform both theory and practical efforts to address violence against diverse groups of women.

This unique book, which is informed by practitioner insights and academic research, is essential reading for practitioners and students of sociology, criminology, gender studies and law.

Author Bio

Aisha K. Gill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Roehampton University.

Sundari Anitha is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, University of Lincoln.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword - Yakin Erturk
  • Introduction: Framing Forced Marriage as a Form of Violence Against Women - Aisha K. Gill and Sundari Anitha 
  • Part I: Definitions, Contexts and Theoretical Concepts 
    • 1. Understanding Forced Marriage: Definitions and Realities - Geetanjali Gangoli, Khatidja Chantler, Marianne Hester and Ann Singleton 
    • 2. Reconceptualising Consent and Coercion Within an Intersectional Understanding of Forced Marriage - Sundari Anitha and Aisha K. Gill 
    • 3. Forced Marriage: The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 - Shazia Choudhry 
    • 4. Border Control to Prevent Forced Marriages: Choosing Between Protecting Women and Protecting the Nation - Anja Bredal 
    • 5. The Social Construction of Forced Marriage and its 'Victim' in Media Coverage and Crime Policy Discourses - Sundari Anitha and Aisha K. Gill 
  • Part II: Policy and Practice 
    • 6. Forced Marriage Legislation in the UK: A Critique - Aisha K. Gill and Sundari Anitha 
    • 7. The Law, the Courts and Their Effectiveness - Teertha Gupta and Khatun Sapnara 
    • 8. The Practice of Law-Making and the Problem of Forced Marriage: What is the Role of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal? - Samia Bano 
    • 9. Constructing Victims, Construing Credibility: Forced marriage, Pakistani women and the UK Asylum Process - Marzia Balzani 
    • 10. "Wayward Girls" and "Well-Wisher Parents": Habeas Corpus, Women's Rights to Personal Liberty, Consent to Marriage and the Bangladeshi Courts - Sara Hossain


'This volume will help ensure that policy in the UK and Europe frames forced marriage as the human rights abuse that it is, rather than a problematic cultural practice divorced from "mainstream" forms of violence against women and girls.'
Moira Dustin, Visiting Fellow, LSE Gender Institute

'A must for anyone who cares about gender equality and human rights.'
Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University

'The first-ever book of its type in the UK and will be key in the field for years to come.'
Gill Hague, Professor of Violence Against Women Studies Centre for Gender and Violence Research University of Bristol


Publication Date: 7 July 2011
272 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848134638
Hardback: 9781848134621
eBook ePub: 9781780321394
eBook PDF: 9781848134645
eBook Kindle: 9781780323077

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