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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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Circuitously Parisian: Sapeur Parakinship and the Affective Circuitry of Congolese Style

Circuitously Parisian: Sapeur Parakinship and the Affective Circuitry of Congolese Style

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(p.269) Eleven Circuitously Parisian: Sapeur Parakinship and the Affective Circuitry of Congolese Style
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Affective Circuits
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Sasha Newell

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.003.0012

Writing against the dominant economic push-pull models driving conceptions of one-way migration to Europe, this chapter explores the circulatory movement of la Sape, which sends Congolese men to Paris to buy clothes and return in style. However, the movement is about much more than the extreme consumption they have developed a reputation for, What they are developing is termed a parakinship network, an alternative model of kinship based on the patrifiliation of style rather than blood, and built around the accumulation of a spiritual force congealed in the clothes themselves and transferred between members of the Sape. The chapter draws upon the concept of affective circuits in order to study the way that circulation of force, money, clothing, and sociality itself are channeled through social networks and kin patterns, and examines how the blockage of certain circuits produces new channels and outlets for these flows.

Keywords:   sapeurs, migrations, circulation, parakinship, spiritual force, style, clothes, Congo, Paris

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