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Free Content The nationalization of desire: Transnational marriage in Dutch culturist integration discourse

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Abstract:

Dutch discourse on "integration" is currently characterized by a strong focus on the "culture" of especially Turks and Moroccans, two minority populations in Dutch society mostly of Muslim orientation. This article discusses the issue of the "import bride" as a case study of contemporary culturist discourse. It argues that this issue is problematized because transnational marriage is construed as circumventing loyalty to Dutch society and nation-state.

Keywords: CULTURISM; DUTCH INTEGRATION DEBATE; TRANSNATIONAL MARRIAGES

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/fcl.2011.590108

Publication date: March 1, 2011

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