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Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship across the Americas

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer


The spread of the Internet is remaking marriage markets, altering the process of courtship and the geographic trajectory of intimacy in the 21st century. For some Latin American women and U.S. men, the advent of the cybermarriage industry offers new opportunities for re-making themselves and their futures, overthrowing the common narrative of trafficking and exploitation. This book follows couples' romantic interludes at “Vacation Romance Tours,” in chat rooms, and interviews married couples in the United States in order to understand the commercialization of intimacy. While attending to the i ... More

Keywords: Internet, marriage markets, courtship, intimacy, Latin American women, American men, cybermarriage, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814785980
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814785980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, author