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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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Giving Life: Regulating Affective Circuits among Malagasy Marriage Migrants in France

Giving Life: Regulating Affective Circuits among Malagasy Marriage Migrants in France

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Affective Circuits

Jennifer Cole

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how transnational social reproduction occurs in bi-national marriages between white French men and Malagasy women who over have sought to marry Frenchmen and migrate to France. The chapter argues that women’s ability to generate these life-sustaining affective circuits depends in part on their ability to maintain their relationships with white French husbands who have different ideas about being a wife, mother, sister or daughter. Consequently, these women must negotiate between two competing visions of who they are and how to behave. By analyzing how women manage their social relations with their French husbands and Malagasy kin while they are in France and then what happens when a woman and her husband return to Madagascar, the chapter shows how these women seek to manage social space and status so as to ensure the proper movement of both emotions and various material and symbolic resources through these circuits. While most studies draw attention to the role of migrant women’s reproductive labor and remittances in sustaining kin across national divides, we suggest that it is equally important to consider how different cultural conceptions of kinship and family, and women’s efforts to manage their networks, shape how transnational social regeneration unfolds.

Keywords:   bicultural marriage, France, Madagascar, affective circuits, social reproduction, social regeneration, space, status

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