Contesting the Nexus between Intermarriage and Integration: Findings from a Multi-dimensional Study in Spain

Dan Rodríguez-García, Miranda J. Lubbers, Miguel Solana, Verónica de Miguel-Luken

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Abstract

© 2015 by The American Academy of Political and Social Science. This article examines the nexus between intermarriage and sociocultural dimensions of the integration of immigrants in Spain. The data presented draw on ninety-four in-depth interviews conducted with immigrants of seven different origins in exogamous (mixed) and endogamous (same-origin) unions in Catalonia, the region with the highest rate of immigration and ethno-racial diversity in Spain. We apply a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative and qualitative analyses. We find that the relationship between intermarriage and integration is complex and multidirectional: intermarriage has a direct effect on some dimensions of integration (e.g., the expansion and diversification of personal/social networks) but has no relationship (e.g., for identification with the society of destination) or a bidirectional relationship (e.g., for the learning of official languages) for others. Furthermore, we find that the outcomes are context-dependent and may be moderated by factors such as country of origin or gender. In sum, our results suggest a much more nuanced picture of the nexus between intermarriage and integration than has traditionally been theorized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-245
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume662
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Spain
  • assimilation
  • identity
  • immigration
  • integration
  • intermarriage
  • mixed methods

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