Introduction: Intermarriage and Integration Revisited: International Experiences and Cross-disciplinary Approaches

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Abstract

The Introduction to this special issue of The ANNALS offers a comprehensive state of the art on the nexus between intermarriage (including mixed individuals and families) and societal integration. It addresses key theoretical and methodological research challenges, considers international and transatlantic comparisons, and also provides useful information to policy-makers and third-sector practitioners. Additionally, it summarizes and comments on the twelve articles—written by leading experts in the field—in this special issue, some of which deal with political and socioeconomic dimensions of integration, and others of which focus on cultural dimensions, daily life, and identity issues. The Introduction concludes that through the investigation of this very complex and multifaceted subject, we can explore the ever-complex dynamics of pluralism, cultural diversity, and social inclusion/exclusion in the twenty-first century and beyond, and evaluate the impact that mixed marriages, families, and individuals are having on shaping and transforming modern societies. Importantly, the study of the growing reality of “mixedness”—an encompassing concept that refers to both intermarriage, mixed families, and the sociocultural processes involved—can tell us not only about the socially transformative value of mixedness but can also shed light on the disheartening persistence of ethnic and cultural divides that hinder inclusion and social cohesion.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalThe Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2015

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