Cross-border marriage, transgovernmental friction, and waiting

Juan Zhang, Melody Chia Wen Lu, Brenda S.A. Yeoh

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This paper examines how discrepant governmental rationalities and processes produce friction and shifting experiences of subjectification as transmigrants cross borders. Using the experiences of mainland Chinese marriage migrants in Singapore as an example, the paper explores the notion of ‘transgovernmental friction’ and how it reinforces state boundaries, reshapes body politics, and animates waiting as an active practice that transforms migrant subjectivities. Locating the workings of governmentality, mobility, and space in the domain of transnational marriage and family, the paper brings to light the friction and crevices of governmental processes across borders and the embodied politics of im/mobility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-246
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironment and Planning D: Society and Space
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Friction
  • Gender
  • Governmentality
  • Marriage
  • Mobility
  • Waiting


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