Gambian educational migration, care and the persistence of the domestic moral economy

Kea, Pamela (2020) Gambian educational migration, care and the persistence of the domestic moral economy. Children's Geographies, 18 (6). pp. 642-653. ISSN 1473-3285

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This article examines Gambians’ experiences of educational migration to the UK, social reproduction and care, as they organize and map out educational futures transnationally. They do so in order to be in a position to invest in their children's education, with the aim of consolidating and enhancing the family's accumulated wealth and resources across the generations. Access to social, economic and cultural resources can facilitate migration and affect the nature of educational decision-making. Similarly, grandparents may, through transnational care arrangements, look after children who are separated from their parents. Building on the literature, I highlight the way in which parents’ educational and migratory trajectories are entangled with those of their children. It is argued that this entanglement reveals the persistence of the domestic moral economy, informed by intergenerational reciprocity and obligation towards kin. In addition, children's educational futures may be contingent on their parents’ educational strategies and migratory trajectories.

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Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
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Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2020 07:18
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 01:00

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