Divorce in transnational families: Norms, networks, and intersecting categories

Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot*, Betty de Hart

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper highlights the originality and scholarly contributions of the present Special Issue on transnational divorces in three ways. First, it examines two sets of related literature and situates the Special Issue within them: one on divorces, in general, and the other on divorces in transnational families (also called here “transnational divorce”). This exercise identifies the scholarly tendencies and gaps needing immediate attention in the study of divorce at the present age of family (re)composition. Second, the paper discusses how the special issue addresses the lacunas in the literature through “transborder intersectionality,” that is, a combination of transnational and intersectional perspectives. And third, based on its five empirically grounded case studies, it unveils the main structuring forces in transnational divorces: norms (social and legal), networks (transnational family support, local social ties…), and intersecting categories (gender, social class, legal status…). The paper ends with research directions for the future study of divorces traversing nation-states’ borders.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2582
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
Issue number5
Early online date8 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Special Issue: Divorce in transnational families: Norms, networks, and intersecting categories.

Funding Information:
The ideas behind this special issue originated from the international conference “Transnational families and divorce: marital break-up in times of global (im)mobilities” that the editors organised at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands on 27–28 September 2017. This event benefited from the support of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Radboud University's International Office and Centre for Migration Law. The authors are grateful to the following colleagues who contributed to reinforcing the quality of this special issue: Elena Barabantseva, Sara Bonfanti, Katharine Charsley, Shruti Chaudhry, Hyun M. Kim, Helene N. Kringelbach, Masako Kudo, Gracia Liu-Farrer, Anika Liversage, Laura Odasso, Rosa Parisi, and Simeng Wang. The authors dedicate this special issue to the memory of Aileen Stockdale of Population, Space, and Place, who gave her all-out support to our publication project.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 The Authors. Population, Space and Place published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • categories of difference
  • divorce
  • social and legal norms
  • social networks
  • transborder intersectionality
  • transnational families


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