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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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From Little Brother to Big Somebody: Coming of Age at the Gare du Nord

From Little Brother to Big Somebody: Coming of Age at the Gare du Nord

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(p.245) Ten From Little Brother to Big Somebody: Coming of Age at the Gare du Nord
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Affective Circuits
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Julie Kleinman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.003.0011

Precarious conditions for migrants in France have led West Africans to develop new strategies for getting by abroad, which often lead them to circumvent the kin networks that allowed for their migration. In this context, the urban milieu of the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris provides a new site for West Africans to come of age. To fully succeed, these new strategies must be negotiated in relation to reciprocity and obligations towards village kin networks, presenting a challenge to migrants and their communities. Following the trajectory of a Malian migrant from his village to Paris and back again, this chapter examines how migratory and affective circuits, rites of passage, status, and sibling relations are transformed by what many West Africans call their “adventure” in Europe.

Keywords:   migration, adventure, reciprocity, kinship, siblings, Mali, France

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