Managing citizenship, security, and rights : regulating marriage migration in Europe and North America.
- United Kingdom
- United States
In the Name of Love: Marriage Migration, Governmentality and Technologies of Love
The past 10 years have seen an increase in legislation pertaining to marriage migration in Europe. Such attention betrays various concerns and anxieties that intersect not only with issues of risk management, rights, and citizenship, but also with less tangible dimensions such as emotions, which become embedded in legal as well as in surveillance practices. Emotions such as love are integral to the institutions, procedures, analyses and reﬂections, calculation, and tactics that Foucault identiﬁed as part of governmental processes; the latter should not necessarily be equated with (and limited to) rationalized technocratic processes detached from emotional components. Technologies of love are central to the governmentality of marriage migration; as modes of subjectiﬁcation and governing practice, they connect intimacy with citizenship. More than the manifestation of the rationalization of a speciﬁc emotion, technologies of love allow for an exploration of what an engagement with emotions such as love does to governmentality. Illustrations of the “attachment requirement” in Denmark, and the case of “Catgate” in Great Britain, show that technologies of love play a signiﬁcant role instirring and disciplining speciﬁc migration ﬂows (what kind of marriage migrants the state welcomes or keeps at bay), but also in challenging,even if inadvertently, those policies and practices designed to gauge “true” relationships.
- Anne-Marie D’Aoust, « In the Name of Love: Marriage Migration, Governmentality and Technologies of Love », International Political Sociology, vol. 7, no 3, 2013, p. 258-274.