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Intimate Mobilities: Sexual Economies, Marriage and Migration in a Disparate World

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Worlds in Motion

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Intimate Mobilities

Sexual Economies, Marriage and Migration in a Disparate World

Edited by Christian Groes and Nadine T. Fernandez
Foreword by Katharine Charsley

248 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-860-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78920-825-2 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (August 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78533-861-8 eBook

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“[The] volume represents a forceful challenge to dominant narratives about mobility and migration being the results of “push and pull” economic factors.” • Geopolitics

“Bringing together the concepts of intimacy and mobility, Groes and Fernandez have composed a collection of articles that show not only how enriching the concept of intimacy is for mobility but also the other way round… With the presented volume, Christian Groes and Nadine T. Fernandez published a book that is inspiring for researchers interested in mobilities, intimacies, and especially intimate mobilities.” • Anthropos

“[This volume] marks a significant contribution to the literature on labor migration, cross-border marriages, and transnational intimacies. The book is a must-read for migration scholars and mobilities researchers concerned with racialization, gender and sexual politics, and the global circulation of bodies, desires, and relations.” • Transfers

“Written by an international cluster of leading scholars, this volume combines the work of academics who have engaged in sustained, multi-sited, transnational ethnography with that of newer scholars rethinking the field of marriage, migration state policy, and locality. The scholarship of this volume challenges and transforms the field of migration studies by teaching us how to theorize migration and state immigration policies through the lens of intimate relations.” • Amalia L. Cabezas, University of California, Riverside

“This is a solid, worthwhile scholarly contribution that moves our knowledge of migration and intimate relationships further along.” • Gilbert Herdt, San Francisco State University


As globalization and transnational encounters intensify, people’s mobility is increasingly conditioned by intimacy, ranging from love, desire, and sexual liaisons to broader family, kinship, and conjugal matters. This book explores the entanglement of mobility and intimacy in various configurations throughout the world. It argues that rather than being distinct and unrelated phenomena, intimacy-related mobilities constitute variations of cross-border movements shaped by and deeply entwined with issues of gender, kinship, race, and sexuality, as well as local and global powers and border restrictions in a disparate world.

Christian Groes is an Associate Professor at Roskilde University. His books include Affective Circuits: African Migration to Europe and the Pursuit of Social Regeneration (2016, co-ed. Jennifer Cole) and Studying Intimate Matters: Engaging Methodological Challenges in Studies on Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa (2011, co-ed. Barbara Ann Barrett). In 2012, he received the Young Elite Researcher prize from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Nadine T. Fernandez is a Professor in the Social Science Department at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She has written Revolutionizing Romance: Interracial Couples in Contemporary Cuba (2010), as well as several book chapters.  Her articles appear in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities, Latin American Perspectives, and Temas. In 2015, she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Subject: Mobility StudiesAnthropology (General)Gender Studies and Sexuality


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