Take a Chance on Me : Premediation, Technologies of Love, and Marriage Migration Management

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Take a Chance on Me : Premediation, Technologies of Love, and Marriage Migration Management

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The steady decline of marriage rates in Nort American and European countries since the 1960s seems to have relegated marriage's political role in relation to the state, a topic that deeply concerned prolific English writer Gilbert Chesterton in the 1920s, to a state of historical curiosity and obsolescence. If Chesterton's words appear to have lost their relevance in regard to divorce, his initial object of concern, they nonetheless still appear to directly tap into the complex links, real or apprehended, that currently bind the state, citizenship, bodies and family when it comes to marriage migration. Indeed, though marriage migration was "relatively insignificant in the early phases of post-War immigration", it has become the object of more intense scrutiny in the past twenty years, as family-related migraton became the main legal mode of entry in Europe as well as in the United States (Kraler, 2010, p.23).

 

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  • Anne-Marie D'Aoust,« Take a Chance on Me : Premediation, Technologies of Love, and Marriage Migration Management » dans Martin Geiger et Antoine Pécoud (dir.), Disciplining the Transnational Movement of People, Londres et New York: Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy Series, 2013, p. 103-125.