Transnational Marriage and Partner Migration
306 pages, 6 x 9
1 color photograph, 1 B-W photograph, 1 figure
Release Date:11 Feb 2022
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Transnational Marriage and Partner Migration

Constellations of Security, Citizenship, and Rights

Rutgers University Press
This multidisciplinary collection investigates the ways in which marriage and partner migration processes have become the object of state scrutiny, and the site of sustained political interventions in several states around the world. Covering cases as varied as the United States, Canada, Japan, Iran, France, Belgium or the Netherlands, among others, contributors reveal how marriage and partner migration have become battlegrounds for political participation, control, and exclusion. Which forms of attachments (towards the family, the nation, or specific individuals) have become framed as risks to be managed? How do such preoccupations translate into policies? With what consequences for those affected by them, in terms of rights and access to citizenship? The book answers these questions by analyzing the interplay between issues of security, citizenship and rights from the perspectives of migrants and policymakers, but also from actors who negotiate encounters with the state, such as lawyers, non-governmental organizations, and translators. 
Seldom have I been so excited by an edited collection! This stimulating volume offers diverse disciplinary and geographical approaches to marriage and partner migration – increasingly recognized as a crucial aspect of international mobility.  Troubling the binaries which often dog the subject - legal vs emotional, love vs interest, state vs intimacy and migrant vs citizen – Transnational Marriage and Partner Migration offers both an exciting and wide-ranging introduction for newcomers to this fascinating field, and fresh perspectives for those of us already hooked.'  Katharine Charsley, author of Transnational Pakistani Connections: Marrying 'Back Home'
This multidisciplinary gem explores the emotional intimacies and legal intricacies of citizenship in today’s fraught context of ‘family’ migration politics. Doing so reveals the structural centrality of state-sanctioned marriage for reproducing – through eurocentric paradigms of love, citizenship and resource distribution – crises of sexual, racial and economic inequality. Not what most expect, and well worth a read. V. Spike Peterson, co-author of Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium
ANNE-MARIE D'AOUST is an associate professor in political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada. She is the editor of Affective Economies, Neoliberalism, and Governmentality.
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