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"Mixed Couples" Through Time: Towards an Epistemology of Mixedness

Gabrielle Varro

When dealing with mixed marriages, it is essential to replace the notions that seem most “obvious”, such as groups of origin, identities… in their historical and political context. After a glance at her personal involvement in this research – initially aimed at exposing the power struggle in conjugal relationships – the author offers a historical perspective on how the meanings of the terms ‘mixed’ and ‘mixity’ have been developed in connection with gender, religion, and nationality. She ends with a rapid overview of some French studies on mixed couples, stressing the changes that have taken place since the 1950s.