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Gendered educational trajectories and transnational marriage among West African students in France

Neveu Kringelbach, H; (2015) Gendered educational trajectories and transnational marriage among West African students in France. Identities , 22 (3) pp. 288-302. 10.1080/1070289X.2014.939190. Green open access

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Abstract

French colonialism resulted in the inclusion of large numbers of West Africans into French educational institutions. Furthermore, the Senegambian region has a long history of intermarriage with French citizens. This paper draws on this history to explore the interplay between migration, education and binational marriage over several generations of West African students, with a particular focus on Senegal. Students from Francophone countries continue to seek educational opportunities in France, but in recent years they have been increasingly affected by the tightening up of immigration policies. In this context, this paper suggests that marriage to a French spouse often plays an important role in the fulfilment of educational projects, and that this role is contingent on issues of gender and class. At times, however, tensions between marriage in France and social expectations back home end up compromising education altogether.

Type: Article
Title: Gendered educational trajectories and transnational marriage among West African students in France
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2014.939190
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/1070289X.2014.939190
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: transnational marriage, Francophone West Africa, Senegal, international student mobility, citizenship, French immigration policy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524196
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