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

Jennifer Cole (Editor), Christian Groes (Editor)

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Moving between Africa and Europe, the book explores the many ways migrants sustain and rework family ties and intimate relationships at home and abroad. It demonstrates how their quotidian efforts—on such a mass scale—contribute to a broader process of social regeneration.

The contributors point to the intersecting streams of goods, people, ideas, and money as they circulate between African migrants and their kin who remain back home. They also show the complex ways that emotions become entangled in these exchanges. Examining how these circuits operate in domains of social life ranging from child fosterage to binational marriages, from coming-of-age to healing and religious rituals, the book also registers the tremendous impact of state officials, laws, and policies on migrant experience. Together these essays paint an especially vivid portrait of new forms of kinship at a time of both intense mobility and ever-tightening borders.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationChicago, USA
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Number of pages352
ISBN (Print)9780226405155, 9780226405018
ISBN (Electronic)9780226405292
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2016


  • migration
  • intime udvekslinger og slægtskab
  • affektive kredsløb
  • transnationale forbindelser
  • lokale netværk

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