Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations.

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  • Author(s): Kea, Pamela
  • Source:
    Journal of Material Culture. Mar2017, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p51-71. 21p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      care
      migration
      moral economy
      photography
      The Gambia
      transnational families
      visual economy
    • Abstract:
      This article examines transnational kinship relations between Gambian parents in the UK and their children and carers in The Gambia, with a focus on the production, exchange and reception of photographs. Many Gambian migrant parents in the UK take their children to The Gambia to be cared for by extended family members. Mirroring the mobility of Gambian migrants and their children as they travel between the UK and The Gambia, photographs document changing family structures and relations. It is argued that domestic photography provides an insight into the representational politics, values and aesthetics of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations. Further, the concept of the moral economy supports a hermeneutics of Gambian family photographic practice and develops our understanding of the visual economy of transnational kinship relations in a number of ways: it draws attention to the way in which the value attributed to a photograph is rooted in shared moral and cultural codes of care within transnational relations of inequality and power; it helps us to interpret Gambians’ responses to and treatment of family photographs; and it highlights the importance attributed to portrait photography and the staging, setting and aesthetics of photographic content within a Gambian imaginary. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      8283
    • ISSN:
      1359-1835
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/1359183516679188
    • Accession Number:
      121748145
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KEA, P. Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations. Journal of Material Culture, [s. l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 51–71, 2017. DOI 10.1177/1359183516679188. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=121748145. Acesso em: 3 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Kea P. Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations. Journal of Material Culture. 2017;22(1):51-71. doi:10.1177/1359183516679188
    • APA:
      Kea, P. (2017). Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations. Journal of Material Culture, 22(1), 51–71. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359183516679188
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Kea, Pamela. 2017. “Photography, Care and the Visual Economy of Gambian Transatlantic Kinship Relations.” Journal of Material Culture 22 (1): 51–71. doi:10.1177/1359183516679188.
    • Harvard:
      Kea, P. (2017) ‘Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations’, Journal of Material Culture, 22(1), pp. 51–71. doi: 10.1177/1359183516679188.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kea, P 2017, ‘Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations’, Journal of Material Culture, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 51–71, viewed 3 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Kea, Pamela. “Photography, Care and the Visual Economy of Gambian Transatlantic Kinship Relations.” Journal of Material Culture, vol. 22, no. 1, Mar. 2017, pp. 51–71. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/1359183516679188.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kea, Pamela. “Photography, Care and the Visual Economy of Gambian Transatlantic Kinship Relations.” Journal of Material Culture 22, no. 1 (March 2017): 51–71. doi:10.1177/1359183516679188.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Kea P. Photography, care and the visual economy of Gambian transatlantic kinship relations. Journal of Material Culture [Internet]. 2017 Mar [cited 2020 Dec 3];22(1):51–71. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=121748145