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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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Translations in Kinscripts: Child Circulation among Ghanaians Abroad

Translations in Kinscripts: Child Circulation among Ghanaians Abroad

(p.27) One Translations in Kinscripts: Child Circulation among Ghanaians Abroad
Affective Circuits

Cati Coe

University of Chicago Press

When Ghanaians migrate abroad, they bring with them practices of distributed parenting that shape affective circuits between children and differently positioned individuals who contribute to the children’s upbringing. In Ghana, parents use these strategies to care for children within extended families, build a social safety net, and teach children skills. But when Ghanains migrate abroad they soon find that the cultural frameworks that undergird the legal regulation of family life in Western countries do not recognize practices of distributed parenting. Drawing on three cases, including the famous soccer player Mario Balotelli who was fostered-out by his Ghanaian parents in Italy, a child of migrants to Italy who is fostered in Ghana by her grandmother, and a migrant who tries to adopt her nephews to bring them to live with her in the United States, the chapter explores what happens when Ghanaian migrants and the children of their families encounter Western cultural scripts about parenting.

Keywords:   child circulation, Ghana, adoption, foster care, parenting, belonging, Italy, kinscripts

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