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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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“Assistance but Not Support”: Pentecostalism and the Reconfiguring of Relatedness between Kenya and the United Kingdom

“Assistance but Not Support”: Pentecostalism and the Reconfiguring of Relatedness between Kenya and the United Kingdom

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(p.125) Five “Assistance but Not Support”: Pentecostalism and the Reconfiguring of Relatedness between Kenya and the United Kingdom
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Affective Circuits
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Leslie Fesenmyer

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.003.0006

This chapter examines how Kenyan migrants to London draw on Pentecostalism as part of their efforts to navigate changing ideas about kinship and relatedness between the United Kingdom and Kenya. Migrants deploy Pentecostal ideas about family and kinship to disentangle the moral from the material aspects of kin relations, without jeopardizing their own moral standing at home. Viewed within the wider context of migrants’ lives in London, the chapter suggests that maintaining, rather than breaking, kinship relations can be seen as a mark of success in a situation where the chance of failing to maintain affective bonds is much higher. It is thus possible to see how migrant Kenyans draw on Pentecostalism to create and limit affective circuits, thereby managing their engagement in multiple contexts and within flexible social networks.

Keywords:   relatedness, Pentecostalism, Kenya, United Kingdom, kinship, assistance, morality

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