Previous literature on child marriage has primarily focussed on consequences, reported reasons, as well as the medical, educational, legal and human rights dimensions pertaining to the issue. Little has been published on attempts to analyze this discourse, especially taking into account the role of imperialism in the construction and maintenance of the â poor, colored child bride of the developing world.â This project, thus, conducts a discourse analysis of child marriage and subsequently analyzes the effects of imperialism embodied therein. It stresses the power possessed by first world elites, who finance and institutionalize â child marriageâ projects and research to maintain the status quo. The lack of self-reflexivity of these â Subject Watchersâ is clear and therefore, this project speaks to those who speak â forâ and about girls like Nujood Ali. Their speaking is purportedly done for the purpose of acquiring knowledge about the monolithic entity of embodied by the child bride and her community, with the intention of eradicating the practice of child marriage. Given this imposition of imperialism, however, the thesis concludes that real access to (the subaltern group of) child brides is impossible.


Law Department

Degree Name

MA in International Human Rights Law

Graduation Date


Submission Date

January 2013

First Advisor

Sayed, Hani

Committee Member 1

Badawi, Nesrine

Committee Member 2

Skouteris, Thomas


57 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Child marriage -- Law and legislation -- Yemen.

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Children's rights -- Yemen.


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