Back to africa: Second chances for the children of West African immigrants

Caroline H. Bledsoe, Papa Sow

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    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. © National Council on Family Relations, 2011.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)747-762
    JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


    • African families
    • Cross-cultural
    • Culture/race/ethnicity
    • Ethnography
    • Fostering
    • Migration


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