Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández
Chapter 6: Desiring mobility: child migration, parental distress and constraints on the future in North Africa
Starting with three emblematic stories, this chapter analyses the motivations and feelings that underlie young North African adolescents’ decisions to emigrate. Based on a 15-year-long field study carried out in Morocco and in Europe, this contribution aims to show how the ‘desire of elsewhere’ takes shape in a ‘moral periphery’ marked by a divide by ambitions and possibilities. I argue that, although young people and families are ‘global subjects’, their experience is deeply marked by a sense of lack that derives from the exposure to normative benchmarks of good life and the simultaneous exclusion from the actual means of achieving it.
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