"Les Mbengis"-Migration, Gender, and Family: The moral economy of transnational Cameroonian migrants' remittances by Christina Atekmangoh

"Les Mbengis"-Migration, Gender, and Family: The moral economy of transnational Cameroonian migrants' remittances

byChristina Atekmangoh

Paperback | July 20, 2017

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This book is about transnational migration (familiarly called “bushfalling”) and remittance flows to Cameroon. With the current dire economic state, Cameroonians increasingly aspire to go abroad to make a living. Migrants achieve this through a collective (family) strategy and with the help of migration brokers. Relations between migrants and the family that stays in Cameroon can be characterized as follows: Families raise and educate their children to become adults. In return to giving their children the “gift of life”, families expect reciprocity, best secured through economic success abroad and the sending of remittances by migrants. As families in Cameroon heavily contribute to the funding of migration trajectories, often by selling properties such as land or houses or borrowing money, they also expect a return on their investments. All that constitutes this study explores under the notion of the moral economy of transnational remittances. In this study, remittances are understood to be a composite of financial, material, and cultural flows—maintaining and transforming social and kinship ties. The book proposes also a large exploration of themes in relation to transnational migration: why and how Cameroonians migrate (the role of the operational family in terms of decision and funding; the role of migration brokers  through the identification of “lines” and the provision of the necessary papers); the moral justification for migration;  the ways social relations and customs are changed by status gained through migration; the ways people explain the failure of migration projects, the difficulties to stay abroad; the matrimonial strategies to go and stay abroad. This is an empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated study that takes thinking on transnational migration informed by African strategies and experiences a step further.

Christina Atekmangoh was born in Tiko in the South West Region of Cameroon. She holds a BSc in Women and Gender Studies with Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Buea in Cameroon, an MSc in Development Studies from Lund University in Sweden, and a PhD in Anthropology and Sociology of Development from The Graduate Institute...
Title:"Les Mbengis"-Migration, Gender, and Family: The moral economy of transnational Cameroonian migrant...Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:440 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.89 inShipping dimensions:440 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.89 inPublished:July 20, 2017Publisher:African Books CollectiveLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9956762938

ISBN - 13:9789956762934

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Migration and remittances: an overview

Chapter 3: Cameroonian transnational  migration and remittances: a pluri-local  research agenda

Chapter 4. Contextual background: the socio-cultural, historical, geographical,  and political features of Cameroon  and Cameroonian migration

Chapter 5: Why Cameroonians migrate: The socio-cultural, moral, and economic

Chapter 6: How Cameroonians migrate

Chapter 7: Understanding marriage, birth and  death practices in the context of Cameroonian  Migration and remittances

Chapter 8: “I am not a money-making machine”:  on the moral economy of remittances

Chapter 9: Sorcery threats in migration and  remittance flows

Chapter 10: Conclusion