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Title:Senegalese women and the cyber café: online dating and aspirations of transnational migration in Ziguinchor
Author:Venables, EmilieISNI
Periodical:African and Asian Studies
Geographic term:Senegal
urban women
gender relations
international migration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/156921008X359623
Abstract:In this article, the author shows how young women in the Senegalese town of Ziguinchor are using Internet technologies as a way to communicate with European men in the hope of forming relationships that may lead to transnational migration. Rather than assessing the degree to which women are successful in their aspirations, the author considers how online communication enables them to assert their agency and imagine a better future for themselves. The article is based on fieldwork conducted in 2006 and 2007 on young people's imaginings of migration and the 'West'. The paper concentrates on the case studies of two women taken from a sample of 15 semi-structured interviews and numerous informal conversations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]