Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg: Mothers on the Move

Reproducin Belonging between Africa and Europe

The University Press of Chicago, 2016

The massive scale and complexity of international migration today tends to obscure the nuanced ways migrant families seek a sense of belonging. In this book, Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg takes readers back and forth between Cameroon and Germany to explore how migrant mothers—through the careful and at times difficult management of relationships—juggle belonging in multiple places at once: their new country, their old country, and the diasporic community that bridges them.Through scences of the lives of several Cameroonian mothers - at a neighborhood associations's year-end-party, a celebration for a new baby, a visit to Foreigners' Office, and many others - as well as the stories they tell one another, Mothers on the Move enlivens our thinking about the networks and repertoires that migrants must draw on to find stability and, ultimately, a home.

About the author:

Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg holds an endowed chair as Broom Professor of Social Demography and Anthropology at the Department for Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton Collge, USA. She is concurrently director of the African and African American Studies program. From August 2013 until August 2014 she was Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center "Law as Culture". In the context of her fellowship she was working on the publication.