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"Et Plus Si Affinités"

Malagasy Marriage, Shifting Post-Colonial Hierarchies, and Policing New Boundaries

Jennifer Cole

In 1999 and 2004, a debate exploded within the Malagasy expatriate community in France after Et Plus Si Affinités, a realist style documentary about arranged marriage between Malagasy women and French men, aired on local television. The series chronicled the adventures of three French bachelors who went to Madagascar to find brides. In this article, I use the reactions to Et Plus Si Affinités as a lens through which to examine changes in Malagasy sexual relations as they are inflected by relations between different ethnic groups in Madagascar, particularly how different groups have historically approached sexual and marital relationships between Malagasy women and French men. Drawing on this case study, I argue that studies of transnational arranged marriage need to attend more closely first to historical representations and the way they figure into transnational marriage, and second to how circulating representations mediate women's agency and their ability to achieve their goals.

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Klaus Oschema, Mette Thunø, Evan Kuehn, and Blake Ewing

is now applied to make sense of the economic, social, and political developments in the new millennium. It is demonstrated how representatives of state authority appropriate the word to embrace expatriates and to mobilize new relationships of national

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“Till I Have Done All That I Can”

An Auxiliary Nurse’s Memories of World War I

Michelle Moravec

Organized by sympathetic expatriates, the American Ambulance Hospital grew out of the existing American Hospital in Paris. At the start of the war, the French government turned over a recently completed school, the Lycée Pasteur, to these volunteers, who

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A Fiction of the French Nation

The Émigré Novel, Nostalgia, and National Identity, 1797–1815

Mary Ashburn Miller

Assembly in 1791, “nature accords all men the right to leave their country.” 16 In changing homelands, Condorcet maintained, the expatriate would abandon his civic rights within the original nation. If he were to return, he might not have his property or