The role of the imagination in transnational relating: The case of Nigerian children and their migrant parent in Ireland
This paper explores the role of imagination in the lives of Nigerian transnational children and their migrant parent in Ireland. Migration of a parent is a rupture in a child's life that triggers imaginary processes that are real in their developmental consequences. Following Zittoun and Gillespie, imagination is a process that generates a disjunction from the person's experience of the "real" world, and uncouples and loops out before it eventually comes back to the actual experience. For the left-behind child, this imaginative loop remains "open" as parents return becomes extended in time. The dilemmas for the migrant parent and child are explored.
Migration , Families , Life , Work , Imagination , Mobility , Immobility , Transnational children , Transnational families , Ireland , Nigeria
Veale, A. and Andres, C. (2020) 'The role of the imagination in transnational relating: The case of Nigerian children and their migrant parent in Ireland', Culture and Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1354067X20922136
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