The article argues for an intersubjective understanding of mobility among aspirant migrants in the Gambia. Among other factors, Gambian young men’s desire to reach Europe and other destinations may stem from an experience of dispersal and abandonment in migrant households. Emigration becomes a way of restoring the viability of relationships, in a socioeconomic sense of regenerating ties and flows between migrants and nonmigrants, as well as in an existential-kinetic sense of experiencing others as moving closer to oneself. By highlighting intersubjective mobility, the article contributes to widening the scope of an existential take on movement and stasis. It further revises popular and scholarly views on the role of families and migrants in shaping aspirations to emigrate.
Restoring Viable Relations in Emigrant Gambia
Owen White and Elizabeth Heath
-representation of certain populations in the supply of colonial labor, such as the Soninke of West Africa. 42 Studies of migrating workers, to which one might also add trade diasporas like that of the Lebanese (or Libano-Syriens , in colonial-era parlance), 43
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