Special Issue "Partner’s Choice in Stable Unions among Migrants and Their Descendants"

A special issue of Genealogy (ISSN 2313-5778).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 745

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Laura Terzera
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Guest Editor
Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milano Bicocca, 20126 Milano, Italy
Interests: international migration; social gaps and social network analysis for demographic behaviors
Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milano Bicocca, 20126 Milano, Italy
Interests: migration; family; poverty and social exclusion; spatial demography
Dr. Charlie V. Morgan
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Guest Editor
Department of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA
Interests: race & ethnic relations; multicultural America; international migration; intermarriage & family; qualitative research methods; Japanese society

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Stable unions have been encountering great changes for decades (such as the reduction of marriages in favor of consensual unions and the decrease in early unions), with different speed and intensity in different countries around the world. However, a stable union remains the preferred status for reproductive purposes. Studying the relationship between a stable union and reproduction is particularly interesting among migrants and their descendants, firstly for the apparent links with international and internal mobility, and secondly, because the different models followed help to shed light on the differences between migrants and their descendants.

Scholars consider three moments in which couple formation can occur among migrants (before migration, at the time of migration, and after settlement in the destination country). By contrast, descendants can refer to the local marriage-market or resort to the country of origin.

Based on this factor, stable union formation can define the motivation for mobility (family reunification, migration by marriage, forced marriages) and can affect settlement choices or transnationality (e.g., transnational families, mixed couples). Moreover, the choice of marriage among migrants depends on the various destinations as well as their intention.

Focusing on the issue of couple formation among the immigrant population or of immigrant origin, we invite scholarly contributions from across disciplines that explore its relationship with mobility events and settlement patterns. Contributions may focus on how and where affective relationships end in a stable couple bloom and grow, or on which characteristics are considered in the partner’s choice, or on the effect that different models of couple formation have on fertility.

Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Marriage market and migration;
  2. Partner choice and migration;
  3. Forced marriage and migration;
  4. Marriage of convenience and migration;
  5. Arranged marriage and migration;
  6. Mixed couple formation;
  7. Gender ideology in couple formation among migrants;
  8. Early marriage and migration;
  9. Internet dating agency and migration;
  10. Patterns of couple formation among natives and migrants;
  11. Migratory intentions and couple formation.

Dr. Laura Terzera
Dr. Stefania M.L. Rimoldi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charlie V. Morgan
Guest Editors

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  • marriage/stable couple
  • migration
  • nationality/citizenship
  • migratory generation
  • gender

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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