Children’s wellbeing in transnational families : a view from African countries

 Mazzucato, Valentina

 Professeur de Globalisation et Développement, Maastricht University, Pays-Bas.

Mise en ligne : 11/05/2017

Type d'activités : Séminaire

Format : Audio

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Langue : Anglais; Français

Discipline : Sciences économiques

Domaines d'intérêt : Mobilités; Migration; Migrations internationales; Action sociale; Enfance; Emotions; Famille

Mots-clés : Parents; Enfants

Couverture géographique : Afrique

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Valentina Mazzucato : Children’s wellbeing in transnational families : a view from African countries

Lundi  11 mai 2017, 14-17h, Salle PAF, MMSH.

Discutante : Aurélie Fillod-Chabaud, Sociologue, Post-doctorante Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS-AMU -Université d’Avignon et du Pays de Vaucluse -EHESS, CNE/IREMAM, LabexMed.
Organisatrices : Laura ODASSO (postdoctorante LAMES-CNRS, LabexMED) et Laurence Pillant (doctorante TELEMME-CNRS)

Studies on the effects of parental migration on children who stay in the home country are primarily based on migrant parents’ accounts. These studies indicate that parents and children suffer emotionally from the separation. Furthermore, most studies are based on data from Latin America or Asia. Yet when interviewing children in African countries a more variegated picture emerges. In the Transnational Child
Raising Arrangements projects (TCRA and TCRAf-Eu, we studied children’s emotional well-being through mixed methods and multi-sited research designsconducted in three African countries : Ghana, Angola, and Nigeria. What emerged is that transnational families can have different characteristics, and it is these characteristics that determine whether children fare well or not. This nuances previous studies that identifed parental migration as the sole characteristic affecting children’s wellbeing in transnational families. This presentation will explain the living arrangements that African children live in whilst their parents migrate internationally, how the different transnational family characteristics impinge upon their wellbeing, and how contextual factors such as child fostering and social parenthood practices,
as well as war and post-conflict settings help to explain the similarities and differences between the three countries and between our fndings and those of previous studies in Latin America and Asia.


 Mazzucato, Valentina, Children’s wellbeing in transnational families : a view from African countries ,
in : Mediamed. Ressources multimedia en sciences humaines sur la Méditerranée , Chaîne : Ateliers de la MMSH , Séminaire inter laboratoires MIMED