Introduction: ‘A First Generation in Every Generation’? Spousal Immigration and Integration

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Anxiety over the power of family ties to perpetuate immigration flows is a prominent feature of contemporary British and wider European migration discourse. Since the last decade of the twentieth century, the political spotlight has focused on particular forms of spousal immigration and increasingly shines through a lens of problematic integration. In this introductory chapter, we explore dominant discourses representing ethnic minority transnational marriages as a challenge to integration, before introducing the mixed-methods research project from which data for this book is drawn.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.BristolUK
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Centre on Migration, Policy and SocietyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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