Images around the Abroad: Terra Longe and Terra Mamaizinha in Cape Verde

Journal title MONDI MIGRANTI
Author/s Martina Giuffrè
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/3
Language Italian Pages 15 P. File size 405 KB
DOI 10.3280/MM2010-003009
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Immigration is a structural element of Cape Verdean society. A widespread imaginary has been built around it in literature, poetry and in traditional tales. In this paper I will outline how the migratory process is a polysemic and ambivalent process both in social practices and in the symbolic sphere - for those who stay in Cape Verde. To start with, I will discuss the additional power that is attributed to people and things coming from outside, then I will take into account the imaginary that is built around the ‘Abroad’ (Terra Longe) and the homeland (Terra Mamaizinha). To conclude I will consider the changes that occurred in the imaginary when the "Abroad" became theatre of feminine practices.

Keywords: Migration, gender, imaginary, trans-nationalism, Cape Verde.

Martina Giuffrè, Immagini dell’Altrove a Capo Verde: Terra Longe e Terra Mamaizinha in "MONDI MIGRANTI" 3/2010, pp , DOI: 10.3280/MM2010-003009