Mixed Marriages and Social Exclusion: Which Prospects?

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 12:30-14:20
RC31 Sociology of Migration (host committee)

Language: French, English and Spanish

Migration flows contributed to the creation of places of life composed by people from different cultural, social and religious background. One of the effects that we can identify in relation to this phenomena is the increasing number of “mixed” marriages.

Despite the enormous potential of this type of unions, mixed marriages are often mistaken to be an "attack" to the social order and the traditional family models. Different forms of symbolic violence and xenophobia are manifested, for example, when the "native" partner family does not accept the union with a person from different cultural or religious background. Another form of exclusion may relate to the children that are likely to be exposed to racial discrimination by peers.

Starting from these considerations, we want to propose a "paper presentation session” addressing topics, issues and general concerns about mixed unions, among which: the role played by cultural, religious and ethnic background of each partner in the process of social inclusion/exclusion; the relationship between the couple and their families of origin; the prejudice and the racism suffered by the couple.

In this session we welcome a variety of approaches. Papers concerning studies in comparative logic by researchers and Ph.D. students are encouraged. Contributions may be both theoretical or empirical. The objective of the session is to collect the state of the art, and propose actions and best practices in order to facilitate the social inclusion and the well-being of mixed marriages.

Session Organizers:
Mara TOGNETTI, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy and Alberto MASCENA, University of Milano, Italy
Mara TOGNETTI, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Alberto MASCENA, University of Milano, Italy
Francesco CERCHIARO, University of KU Leuven, Belgium and Laura ODASSO, Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie LAMES, France
Oral Presentations
Cross Cultural Marriages in Toronto: An Ethnographic Study
‘Everywhere Is Home’: Paradox of Homing and Child Upbringing Among Nigerian-Chinese Families in China
Kudus ADEBAYO, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Femi G. OMOLOLU, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Behind the Circumcision: Kinship, Gender and Religion in the Life Stories of Mixed Couples with an Arab-Muslim Partner
Francesco CERCHIARO, University of KU Leuven, Belgium; Laura ODASSO, Aix-Marseille Univ, CNRS, Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie LAMES & Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale - Méditerranée TELEMMe, Labexmed, France