MARRIAGE BY CAPTURE IN KYRGYZSTAN - THE EXPERIENCE OF TIME, COLLECTIVITY AND VIOLENCE (Kirgiskie malzenstwa przez porwanie - doswiadczenie czasu, kolektywnosci i przemocy)
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The article discusses the practice of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan. The article was written on the basis of ethnographic studies conducted in Kyrgyzstan in summer 2005. The author describes this controversial practice and analyses some of its aspects - violence, temporal dimension and collectivity. This practice, common in modern Kyrgyzstan, although many women have a very negative opinion about it, is an accepted form of marriage. Bride kidnapping is a much diversified phenomenon, having many meanings and representing different motivations of the actors. It also assumes many forms - from forceful kidnapping of the girl who has been seen for the first time to an arranged meeting with the fiancée, who is taken to the groom's family home, in which case it can be a way of circumventing the disapproval of the parents. The article describes marriage by capture as a dramatic and multidimensional event, which radically changes the life of the kidnapped victims.
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