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Affective Circuits: African Migrations to Europe and the Pursuit of Social Regeneration

Jennifer Cole and Christian Groes


This book examines the simultaneously material, social and emotional exchanges involved when African migrants venture to Europe in search of a better life. As we argue, these exchange are part of a broader quest for social regeneration that involve negotiations of family ties and intimate relationships at home and abroad as well as complicated encounters with state officials and laws hindering or facilitating their journeys. In this migratory process exchange of everything from money, goods and advice to sentiments, phone calls and assurances of belonging are part of transnational circuits tha ... More

Keywords: African migration, Europe, affective circuits, social reproduction, intimacy, motherhood, exchange, gender, personhood, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226405018
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226405292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Cole, editor
University of Chicago

Christian Groes, editor
Roskilde University

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