Understanding Integration

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Enquiry into the impact of transnational marriage on ‘integration’ requires clarity on the nature of integration processes and on the many factors known from earlier research to impact on them. Only in this way can we identify the potential relevance of marriage with a partner from abroad among the many other factors at play. In this chapter we set out our distinct, holistic definition of integration; and a heuristic model of integration processes across structural, social, cultural and civic political domains, and in relation to identity, on which our research design and analysis is based. The model highlights the importance of ‘effectors’ that can facilitate or impede integration processes, identified in the empirical data presented in later chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology, Politics and International StudiesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.BristolUK
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Centre on Migration, Policy and SocietyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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