Love as Project of (Im)Mobility: Love, Sovereignty, and Governmentality in Marriage Migration Management Practices

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Love as Project of (Im)Mobility: Love, Sovereignty, and Governmentality in Marriage Migration Management Practices

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Marriage migration has recently drawn some attention, notably to the ways in which third-country nationals face increased challenges compared to European citizens when it comes to reunite with their spouse or partner. Foregoing a detailed legal analysis, this article rather seeks to interrogate the following: what connections can be drawn between law, love, mobility and sovereignty? Relying on various instances of management practices in Europe, I examine what marriage migration regulations tell us about their entanglement. On the one hand, I claim that love can and should be accounted for in the governmentality of marriage migration. On the other hand, by being attuned to the ways in which love is connected to different marriage migrationmanagement practices, we can see that governmentality cannot fully capture the different forms of power deployed and enacted in specific settings. What we have instead are complex assemblages that highlight a productive tension, as love becomes both a target and object of governmental calculations in projects of immobility, and a movement that participates in projects of mobility. It thus intermeshes with, yet also challenges, attempts at fixity.

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  • Anne-Marie D'Aoust, « Love as Project of (Im)Mobility: Love, Sovereignty, and Governmentality in Marriage Migration Management Practices », Global Society, vol. 28, no 3, 2014, p. 317-336.