Unlikely couples: the regulation of mixed marriages from the colonies to European migration law

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Unlikely couples: the regulation of mixed marriages from the colonies to European migration law

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Interracial marriage prohibitions make us think in the first place of the United States and slavery. But the Netherlands has also had interracial marriage prohibitions, in the colonies of Surinam and the Dutch East Indies. Mixed marriages between Jews and Non-Jews were not only prohibited during the Second World War, but also in the period of the Dutch Republic, although with very different motives. Furthermore, other forms of legal regulation have been used to try to prevent mixed sex and marriages: spatiallegal segregation, regulating legal consequences, marriage counseling and migration law. De Hart discusses these forms of regulation of sex, relationships and marriages between groups that were considered ‘racially’ or ‘ethnically’ mixed. She provides historical examples, such as the measures against ‘Negrocabarets’ and against Dutch-Chinese marriages, both in the 1930s.

 

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  • de Hart, Betty. Unlikely couples: the regulation of mixed marriages from the colonies to European migration law. Amsterdam: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2014, 66 pages.