Binational Marriage; European Society; European Migration; Europe; Social Class; Markets; Culture; Language
Schroedter Julia H., Rössel Jörg, Chiapparini Emanuela (2020), Love Across Borders: On Population Structures, Meeting Places and Preferences in a Globalizing World, in Journal of Comparative Family Studies
, 51(1), 18-58.
Schroedter Julia H., Rössel Jörg, Datler Georg (2015), European Identity in SwitzerlandThe Role of Intermarriage, and Transnational Social Relations and Experiences, in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
, 662(1), 148-168.
Rössel Jörg, Schroedter Julia H. (2015), Cosmopolitan cultural consumption: Preferences and practices in a heterogenous, urban population in Switzerland, in Poetics
, 50, 80-95.
Schroedter Julia H., De Winter Tom, Koelet Suzana (2015), Beyond l’Auberge Espagnole: The Effect of Individual Mobility on the Formation of Intra-European Couples, in European Journal of Population
, 31(2), 181-206.
Rössel Jörg, Schroedter Julia H. (2015), Cosmopolitan Cultural Consumption. Preferences and Practices in an Heterogenous, Urban Population in Switzerland, in Poetics
, 50, 80-95.
Schroedter Julia H., Rössel Jörg, Datler Georg (2015), European Identity in Switzerland: The Role of Intermarriage, Transnational Social Relations and Experiences, in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
, 662(1), 148-168.
RösselJörg, SchroedterJulia Henrike (2014), Der Erwerb linguistischen Kapitals. Transnationales und Schweiz-spezifisches linguistisches Kapital im Vergleich, in Gerhards Jürgen, Carlson Sören, Hans Silke (ed.), Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 153-183.
SchroedterJulia Schroedter, RösselJörg (2014), Europeanisation without the European Union? The Case of Bi-National Marriages in Switzerland, in Population, Space and Place
, 20(2), 139-156.
KoeletSuzana, SchroedterJulia H., CortinaClara, de ValkHelga A.G., de BusserCathelijn (2012), Bi-national marriages between European citizens: From intermarriage to intramarriage, in Kim Doo-Sub (ed.), KIHASA, Seoul, 123-162.
1.1 Main aims of the Collaborative Research ProjectThe project will examine trends since 1980 in the proportions of binational marriages between citizens of European Union countries. It will pay special attention to the nationalities of those entering these marriages. The goals of the demographic analysis will be to assess to what extent the Europeansingle market has contributed to an increase in binational marriages. In addition, it will attempt to determine to what extent changes in the proportion of binational marriages and the distribution of these marriages by nationality are driven by market processes (e.g. greater intra-European migration) and by social and cultural processes (e.g. affinity between citizens of specific nationalities). In addition, the project will examine to what extent being part of a binational marriage is associatedwith different orientations to European integration, a lowered sense of membership in the national community of origin, a stronger sense of belonging to Europe, and different lifestyles and worldviews.1.2 Potential impacts (academic and non-academic) of the Collaborative Research Project The project is unique in that it is the first systematic study of binational marriage patterns and trends between citizens of the EU. While we know something about marriages between natives and immigrants, we know nothing about the propensity of EU citizens to intermarry. Furthermore, theproject contributes to determine the role of the European single market in promoting social change in Europe and the emergence of new social groups formed by citizens of different member states of theEuropean Union. We accomplish this by focusing on trends in binational marriage rates since 1980 and through a quasi-experiment that compares the periods before and after the constitution of the Single Market and that compares the trends in European Union member states with those in a nonmember state (Switzerland). At a more sociological level our analysis of the role of binational marriages in the emergence of new social groups in Europe rests on a quantitative and qualitative comparison of the identities and lifestyles of national and binational couples. Finally, the project contributes to theories of marriage and homogamy, by using demographic and statistical analysis of marriage partner choices to assess the relative roles of affinity and opportunity in determining marriage choices.1.3 Added value of the collaborationThe project combines the disciplinary expertise and local knowledge of a critical mass of researchers from countries where migration from other EU member states has been significant enough to provide opportunities for the formation of binational marriages. The research project includes countries with a diverse mix of citizens from different EU countries. This allows us to map the propensity of citizens from some EU countries to intermarry. At the same time, it allows us to assess the role of marketopportunities and affinity in determining the propensity of citizens of EU states to marry one another, through comparing marriage rates between citizens from these countries in the different countries in the study, after controlling for relevant variables. The research includes a perfect mix of researchers with different, but often overlapping, areas of expertise: demographers and sociologists, quantitative and qualitative methods specialists, and researchers whose past research has focused on topics that are relevant to our study (transnational migration, marriage, identity, and European integration). Furthermore, the teams include partners that have already conducted research on binational couples.Finally, the participants in the project have excellent local knowledge about the availability of data and the relevant language skills.1.4 Data handling aspects (if relevant): quality assurance, storage, accessThe participating countries will submit a copy of the collected data to the coordinating committee, which will create integrated data files. These files will comprise the demographic information, the survey interviews, and the transcribed qualitative interviews. The information will be appropriatelyanonymized. The integrated datafiles will be stored in the project's web portal in a members-only area and only made public after an embargo period determined by the participating teams, which will not exceed one year after the end of the project.