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Title:Relying on 'teranga': Senegalese migrants to Italy and their children left behind
Author:Gasparetti, FedoraISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Autrepart (ISSN 1278-3986)
Issue:57-58
Pages:215-232
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
Italy
Subjects:immigrants
Senegalese
values
kinship
children
foster care
Abstract:Though migratory experience offers opportunities for new kinds of practices, traditions, and family dynamics to develop, it also often replicates patterns and codes of behaviour that already exist in the migrant's home culture. Senegalese migrants residing in Italy and elsewhere tend to send their children to Senegal to be raised by relatives. This practice among Senegalese parents long predates contemporary Senegalese migration to Europe. It follows a long-standing custom of receiving young family members into the home, drawing on the fundamental Senegalese value of 'teranga', often inadequately translated as hospitality. In the migrant context, this kind of 'teranga' becomes crucial and works both ways. The article highlights how distance parenting is organized in the particular Senegalese context of 'teranga', and how migrants live their separation from their children. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English (p. 332) and French (p. 326). [Journal abstract]
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