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International Family Migration and Normative Languages

International Sociological Association, Congress 2018. Panel Research Committee 25, Language and Society

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Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

Family reunification, mixed marriages and other forms of international family migration are highly politicized topics depicted as threats for national identity. In some countries, the conditions to access the family rights have been reformed complicating the processes of applications for visa, residence permit and nationality. In other countries, migrant and binational families encounter administrative and religious constraints to formalise their unions, to pass on nationality and rights to the children or simply to be socially accepted. This session explores the language employed to define family migration ‒ and the social-administrative processes that go with ‒ by politicians, media, bureaucrats, civil society actors and by family members too. The session welcomes papers from a broad empirical perspectives that explore the changing (or the persistence) of normative languages related to family migration over time.

Announcement

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Argument

Family reunification, mixed marriages and other forms of international family migration are highly politicized topics depicted as threats for national identity. In some countries, the conditions to access the family rights have been reformed complicating the processes of applications for visa, residence permit and nationality. In other countries, migrant and binational families encounter administrative and religious constraints to formalise their unions, to pass on nationality and rights to the children or simply to be socially accepted. Political, administrative and judicial language employed to regulate and to address family migration is not neutral. A (re)production of racialized, classed, gendered and cultural inequalities in institutionalized immigration policies and practices appear. These processes of ‘governing through the family’ are used to reproduce the idea of ‘pure’, ‘nation’ and ‘hegemonic culture’. Thus, language becomes the symbolic arena through which reaffirm boundaries. This session explores the language employed to define family migration ‒ and the social-administrative processes that go with ‒ by politicians, media, bureaucrats, civil society actors and by family members too. The session welcomes papers from a broad empirical perspectives that explore the changing (or the persistence) of normative languages related to family migration over time.

Abstract submission

The languages accepted are : Spanish, French and English

The deadline to submit the abstract is 30 September 2017.

https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/rc/papers/index.cgi?sessionid=10453 (ISA account needed)

Session Organizers

  • Francesco CERCHIARO, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy, francesco.cerchiaro@libero.it
  • Laura ODASSO, Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie LAMES, France, laura.odasso@univ-amu.fr

Places

  • Toronto, Canada

Date(s)

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017

Keywords

  • family, migration, implementation, langage, dominant discourse, nation, bureaucrats, practices, law

Contact(s)

  • Laura Odasso
    courriel : laura [dot] odasso [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

Information source

  • Laura Odasso
    courriel : laura [dot] odasso [at] univ-amu [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« International Family Migration and Normative Languages », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, http://calenda.org/414251