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Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging Between Africa and Europe (Hardback)
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Mothers on the Move: Reproducing Belonging Between Africa and Europe (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 22/11/2016
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The massive scale and complexity of international migration today tends to obscure the nuanced ways migrant families seek a sense of belonging. In this book, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg takes readers back and forth between Cameroon and Germany to explore how migrant mothers through the careful and at times difficult management of relationships juggle belonging in multiple places at once: their new country, their old country, and the diasporic community that bridges them. Feldman-Savelsberg introduces readers to several Cameroonian mothers, each with her own unique history, concerns, and voice. Through scenes of their lives at a hometown association's year-end party, a celebration for a new baby, a visit to the Foreigners' Office, and many others as well as the stories they tell one another, Feldman-Savelsberg enlivens our thinking about migrants' lives and the networks and repertoires that they draw on to find stability and, ultimately, belonging. Placing women's individual voices within international social contexts, this book unveils new, intimate links between the geographical and the generational as they intersect in the dreams, frustrations, uncertainties, and resolve of strong women holding families together across continents.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226389745
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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In a wonderful book full of rich and compelling ethnographic cases, Feldman-Savelsberg tells the story of Cameroonian migrants in Germany through the lives of women who navigate belonging in Europe and in Africa through birthing and caring for children. Without sugarcoating the challenges that these woman face, Mothers on the Move presents a refreshingly uplifting account of African migration, offering a welcome corrective to the predominant focus on abjection. International migrants commonly frame their motivations to move in terms of providing better lives for their children. This book develops a much-needed and highly insightful perspective on migrants as mothers. --Daniel Jordan Smith, author of AIDS Doesn t Show Its Face"
"In a wonderful book full of rich and compelling ethnographic cases, Feldman-Savelsberg tells the story of Cameroonian migrants in Germany through the lives of women who navigate belonging--in Europe and in Africa--through birthing and caring for children. Without sugarcoating the challenges that these woman face, Mothers on the Move presents a refreshingly uplifting account of African migration, offering a welcome corrective to the predominant focus on abjection. International migrants commonly frame their motivations to move in terms of providing better lives for their children. This book develops a much-needed and highly insightful perspective on migrants as mothers."--Daniel Jordan Smith, author of AIDS Doesn't Show Its Face

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