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Title:African roads to prosperity: people en route to socio-cultural and economic transformations
Editors:Akinyoade, AkinyinkaISNI
Gewald, Jan-BartISNI
Year:2015
ISSN:1568-1777
Pages:278
Language:English
Series:African dynamics
City:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
ISBN:9789004301719; 9789004306059
Geographic terms:Africa
Botswana
Cameroon
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Ghana
Nigeria
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Netherlands
Subjects:mobility
labour migration
human trafficking
refugees
social change
Abstract:The movement of people has been the norm in Africa. Environmental conditions determined that people had to move to live, whether they were hunter-gatherers, pastoralists, or agriculturalists. This movement of people came to be exacerbated in the process of massive labour migration engendered by colonial rule from at least the1870s onward. Througout Africa, places along railway tracks or along major roads quickly turned into centres of transit. This collective volume explores the history and present-day significance of zones of transit and examines transience both in terms of being in transit in a geographical location and in terms of being in transit in the course of life. Three introductory chapters (Part 1 Introduction) are followed by four chapters with a strictly physical approach of transience (Part 2 'Zones of transit'). The next four chapters investigate transience in a more corporeal sense: how do people transfer within a 'zone of transit' from one societal position to another (Part 3 'Zones of transference'). The last four chapters focus both upon space and place as well as on what their impact is on inter-social relations (Part 4 'Zones of transit and transference'). Titles: Part 1: African roads to prosperity: people en route to socio-cultural and economic transformations (Akinyinka Akinyoade and Jan-Bart Gewald); Roads to prosperity: social zones of transit (Amisah Zenabu Bakuri); Roads to prosperity: reflections about a concept (Ton Dietz). Part 2: Wenela, Katima Mulilo, a zone of transit in Barotseland: the development of a holding zone for migrants on the extreme frontier of the South African empire (Jan-Bart Gewald); 'Trapped' in the North: southern migrants in northern Nigeria, 1908-1970s (Shehu Tijjani Yusuf); Migration and competition over commercial spaces: the case of Songhay migrants at the Kumasi central market, Ghana 1930-1948 (Isaie Dougnon); Resettlement in Zimbabwe: final destination from the zones of transition? (Marleen Dekker). Part 3: A romantic zone of transference? Botswana, Ghanaian migrants and marital social mobility (Rijk van Dijk); The opportunities of the margin: the Kapsiki smith and his road to prosperity (Cameroon/Nigeria, Walter van Beek); Migrants' assessment of prospects in migration: a case study of conservancy labourers in the University of Cape Coast, Ghana (Augustine Tanle, Benjamin Kofi Nyarko and Akinyinka Akinyoade); Coercion or volition: making sense of the experiences of female victims of trafficking from Nigeria in the Netherlands (Taiwo Oabisi Oluwatoyin and Akinyinka Akinyoade). Part 4: So be nya dagna? ('is someone injured?'): the evolution and use of tricycles in Tamale, northern Ghana (Samuel Ntewusu and Edward Nanbigne); Nigerians in transit: the trader and the religious in Jerusalem House, Ghana (Akinyinka Akinyoade); Ghanaian migrants in the Netherlands: Germany as a transit zone (Amisah Zenabu Bakuri); Kinshasa: a city of refugees (Meike de Goede). [ASC leiden abstract]
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