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ERIC Number: EJ932407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Back to Africa: Second Chances for the Children of West African Immigrants
Bledsoe, Caroline H.; Sow, Papa
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n4 p747-762 Aug 2011
This paper examines the phenomenon of West African parents living in Europe and North America who send their older children back home: from places of high immigrant aspiration to those of hardship and privation. Drawing on a project on West African immigration to Europe and on previous field studies in Africa, we conclude that West African immigrants fearing the consequences of their children's indiscipline in the West, where racism and hostility can endanger the entire family, may send unruly children back to the home country. In doing so, we believe, they build on long-standing African disciplinary efforts in hopes of toughening their children's resilience to the challenges in the new place and wait for the risk to dissipate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; North America