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Keywords:

  • INTIMACY;
  • CROSS-BORDER MARRIAGE;
  • FORMER SOVIET UNION;
  • TURKEY;
  • TRANSNATIONAL CIRCUITS

Abstract

The study of migration too often ignores the ways that labour migrants' emotional entanglements and complicated personal relationships factor into their experiences of being people on the move. In examining post-Soviet migrant women's relationships with Turkish men and the ways these are regulated in Turkey, in this article I consider how intimate practices of marriage and performances of ‘love’ have emerged as key aspects of transnational mobility. These intimate practices both enable long-term transnational circuits between post-Soviet homelands and Turkey, and attest to the way global capitalism is redefining personal lives.