Transnational Archipelago. Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora

pub_batalha-carling_132x200The island nation of Cape Verde has given rise to a diaspora that spans the four continents of the Atlantic Ocean. Migration has been essential to the island since the birth of its nation and connections to faraway places continue to dominate its day-to-day life. This volume makes a significant contribution to the study of international migration and transnationalism by exploring the Cape Verdean diaspora through its geographic diversity and broad thematic range. Analyzing such themes in Cape Verdean transnationalism as music, language, the Internet, and gender relations, Transnational Archipelago testifies to the strikingly diverse outcomes of migration from a single, small country.

Batalha, Luís and Carling, Jørgen, eds (2008) Transnational Archipelago. Perspectives on Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

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“This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of how people live lives across borders. A must read for those interested in Cape Verde, and other island societies like it, but also for a broader readership interested in the diasporic experience. One of the unique strengths of this book is to show how the same group integrates differently and maintains different kinds of homeland ties depending on the context in which they settle. Few books offer such a valuable comparative perspective.” Prof. Peggy Levitt


1. Cape Verdean Migration and Diaspora
Jørgen Carling and Luis Batalha

Section I – Diaspora Community Portraits

2. Cape Verdeans in the U.S.
Marilyn Halter

3. Cape Verdeans in Argentina
Marta Maffia

4. Cape Verdeans in Sao Tome and Principe
Augusto Nascimento

5. Cape Verdeans in Portugal
Luis Batalha

6. Cape Verdeans in Spain
Rocio Moldes Farelo and Luzia Oca Gonzalez

7. Cape Verdeans in Italy
Jacqueline Andall

8. Cape Verdeans in the Netherlands
Jorgen Carling

9. Cape Verdeans in Sweden
Lisa Akesson

Section II – Migration and Transnationalism

10. Making Waves: Cape Verdeans, Whaling and the Uses of Photography
Memory Holloway

11. And When the Women Leave? Female Emigration from Boa Vista
Andrea de Souza Lobo

12. Cape Verdean Tongues: Speaking of “Nation” at Home and Abroad
Marcia Rego

13. Cape Verdean Transnationalism on the Internet
Sonia Melo

14. Images of Emigration in Cape Verdean Music
Juliana Braz Dias

15. Cape Verdean Migration, Music Recordings and Performance
Rui Cidra

16. Diasporic Networks, Political Change, and the Growth of Cabo-Zouk Music
JoAnne Hoffman

17. Managing Work and Care for Young Children in Cape Verdean Families in Portugal
Karin Wall

18. Cape Verdeans’ Pathways to Health: Local Problems, Transnational Solutions
Huub Beijers and Claudia de Freitas

19. Cape Verdean Diasporic Identity Formation
Gina Sanchez Gibau

20. The Resilience of the Cape Verdean Migration Tradition
Lisa Åkesson

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