The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, And Global Inequality by Cati CoeThe Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, And Global Inequality by Cati Coe

The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, And Global Inequality

byCati Coe

Paperback | November 15, 2013

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Today’s unprecedented migration of people around the globe in search of work has had a widespread and troubling result: the separation of families. In The Scattered Family, Cati Coe offers a sophisticated examination of this phenomenon among Ghanaians living in Ghana and abroad. Challenging oversimplified concepts of globalization as a wholly unchecked force, she details the diverse and creative ways Ghanaian families have adapted long-standing familial practices to a contemporary, global setting.

Drawing on ethnographic and archival research, Coe uncovers a rich and dynamic set of familial concepts, habits, relationships, and expectations—what she calls repertoires—that have developed over time, through previous encounters with global capitalism. Separated immigrant families, she demonstrates, use these repertoires to help themselves navigate immigration law, the lack of child care, and a host of other problems, as well as to help raise children and maintain relationships the best way they know how. Examining this complex interplay between the local and global, Coe ultimately argues for a rethinking of what family itself means. 
Cati Coe is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. She is the author of Dilemmas of Culture in African Schools: Youth, Nationalism, and the Transformation of Knowledge, also published by the University of Chicago Press. She lives in Philadelphia. 
Title:The Scattered Family: Parenting, African Migrants, And Global InequalityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022607238X

ISBN - 13:9780226072388

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Scattering of Families

One     A History of Family Reciprocities: Material Exchanges between the Generations in Akuapem 
Two     Distributed Parenting in the Twentieth Century
Three   International Migration and Fosterage: How US Immigration Law Separates Families 
Four    Work and Child Care in the United States         
Five     Borderwork: A Repertoire Made Conscious       
Six       The Dilemmas of Fostering the Children of Transnational Migrants 
Seven  Children’s Expectations of Care: Love, Money, and Living Together

Conclusion: Barriers and Openings 


Editorial Reviews

“This book is an important contribution to our understanding of transnational migration and the families separated by it. By showing the historical depth of Ghanaian practices of adoption and fostering and the malleability of concepts of parental love and care, Cati Coe eloquently demonstrates how scattered families and their repertoires arise not only from contemporary global economies but also from particular histories and cultural contexts.”