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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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Men Come and Go, Mothers Stay: Personhood and Resisting Marriage among Mozambican Women Migrating to Europe

Men Come and Go, Mothers Stay: Personhood and Resisting Marriage among Mozambican Women Migrating to Europe

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(p.169) Seven Men Come and Go, Mothers Stay: Personhood and Resisting Marriage among Mozambican Women Migrating to Europe
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Affective Circuits
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Christian Groes

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.003.0008

Young women in Maputo, Mozambique referred to as curtidoras meet and establish relationships with white European expat men and eventually move with them to Europe. Although many European states require marriage to a citizen in order to grant residency, this particular category of women tend to resist marriage, when their partners prevent them from being able to support their kin back home and maintain a sense of personal freedom, instead finding alternative ways of staying in Europe, legally or illegally. By using the concept of affective exchange triads to analyze the morality of exchanges between curtidoras and their European partners on the one hand and kin on the other, the paper seeks to move beyond “methodological conjugalism,” that is the tendency to see marriage as the natural beginning or end of a migratory path of women from the global south moving northwards with European men.

Keywords:   marriage migration, transactional sex, affective exchange, kinship, sponsors, personhood, methodological conjugalism, Mozambique, Denmark, Portugal

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