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This multi-sited ethnography provides a rich account of the costs of global neoliberal economic policy for families in the global south. With a focus on Senegalese migrants in Europe and their wives who are left behind, Hannaford illustrates how new understandings of intimacy, gender, and class are forged in a culture of migration.
Dinah Hannaford teaches international studies at Texas AandM University.
"Marriage Without Borders is a richly evocative account of the multiple costs of mobility under conditions of neoliberal inequality. Although focused on Senegal and Senegalese abroad, it tells a story relevant to all for whom migration has become a necessity."—Sara L. Friedman, author of Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty
"Marriage Without Borders engages a very important topic and Dinah Hannaford successfully communicates the problems faced by young male migrants who seek to establish their place in the world and the challenges endured by the wives they leave behind in Senegal."—Wendy Wilson-Fall, Lafayette College
"Deeply researched and engagingly written, Marriage Without Borders traces how new forms of transnational kinship emerge as increasing numbers of Senegalese men migrate abroad in order to sustain their relatives who remain back home. Equally attentive to the 'women who wait' and the men who go abroad, Dinah Hannaford offers a moving portrait of what happens to conjugality when couples live separated by vast distances. Her book makes clear that we've turned a corner in studies of transnational family life, one where it is no longer possible to celebrate the interconnectedness made possible by new communications technologies without also taking into account the terrible human cost of this new way of achieving social reproduction in the contemporary world."—Jennifer Cole, University of Chicago
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