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Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging Between Africa and Europe

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg


Mothers on the Move tells the story of Cameroonian migrants in Germany through the lives of women who navigate belonging—in Europe and in Africa—through birthing and caring for children. It explores the social strategies and community resources mothers mobilize when facing dilemmas engendered by migration. Cameroonian mothers sustain their goals of reproduction when they go abroad, although their international migration makes reproduction more difficult. As they say about Berlin, “It’s hard being a mother here.” By reproducing, mothers generate belonging for themselves and their children. Migr ... More

Keywords: belongingBerlin, Cameroon, children, Germany, legal consciousness, migration, motherhood, reproduction, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226389745
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226389912.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg, author
Carleton College