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Affective CircuitsAfrican Migrations to Europe and the Pursuit of Social Regeneration$
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Jennifer Cole and Christian Groes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226405018

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.001.0001

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Life’s Trampoline: On Nullification and Cocaine Migration in Bissau

Life’s Trampoline: On Nullification and Cocaine Migration in Bissau

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(p.223) Nine Life’s Trampoline: On Nullification and Cocaine Migration in Bissau
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Affective Circuits
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Henrik Vigh

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.003.0010

This chapter looks at the way young men from Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, become caught up in the transnational flow of cocaine from Africa to Europe. It illuminates the way these young men seek to navigate the cocaine trade in order to gain better lives for themselves and their families. The first part of the chapter looks at the predicament of youth and their dreams of migration in Bissau. It examines how the flow of cocaine through the capital and local patrimonial networks have become imbricated in social life, trickling into their hopes, fears, and social trajectories. Moving from Bissau to Lisbon, the second part of the chapter dwells on the sense of urgency and insecurity of being in Lisbon’s cocaine trade and clarifies the migratory dynamics it facilitates, and the despair that ensues if one is caught and deported, and how there is a constant wish to return to Europe despite the risks involved.

Keywords:   deportation, illegality, cocaine, organized crime, social becoming, nullification, patrimonial networks, Guinea-Bissau, Lisbon

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