The nationalization of desire

Transnational marriage in Dutch culturist integration discourse

in Volume 2011 (2011): Issue 59 (Mar 2011): Sexular fantasies: The Occident and its religious Others. Forum Editors: Oskar Verkaaik and Rachel Spronk

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.

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