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Relative distance, kinship, migration, and Christianity between Kenya and the United Kingdom, Leslie Fesenmyer, University of Birmingham.

The socio-economic and political uncertainties of Kenya in the 1990s jeopardised what many saw as the promises of modernity. An increasing number of Kenyans migrated, many to Britain, a country that felt familiar from Kenyan history. Based on extensive fieldwork in Kenya and the United Kingdom, Leslie Fesenmyer's work provides a rich, historically nuanced study of the kinship dilemmas that underlie transnational migration and explores the dynamic relationship between those who migrate and those who stay behind. Challenging a focus on changing modes of economic production, 'push-pull' factors, and globalisation as drivers of familial change, she analyses everyday trans-national family life. Relative Distance shows how quotidian interactions, exchanges, and practices transform kinship on a local and global scale. Through the prism of intergenerational care, Fesenmyer reveals that the question of who is responsible for whom is not only a familial matter but is at the heart of relations between individuals, societies, and states
Table Of Contents
Securing the future: family, livelihoods, and mobility -- Aspirations, obligations, and imagination in family migration -- The making of 'migrants' -- Kinship dilemmas: negotiating relatedness across space -- Weddings as transnational household rituals: marriage and other intimate relations -- Change and continuity: the social reproduction of families between Kenya and the United Kingdom
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 26 Jun 2023)
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1 online resource (viii, 231 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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