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Marrying into the Nation

Immigrant Bachelors, French Bureaucrats, and the Conjugal Politics of Naturalization in the Third Republic

Nimisha Barton

with piercing clarity the conjugal politics at work in bureaucratic calculations. Census reports recording the état-civil of Parisians in 1921 provide a point of entry. As Table 1 shows, if 50 percent of Frenchmen and 46 percent of immigrant men