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Title:Mobility, transnationalism and contemporary African societies
Editor:Grätz, TiloISNI
Year:2010
Pages:191
Language:English
City:Newcastle
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars
ISBN:1443818534; 9781443818537
Geographic terms:Africa
Benin
Niger
Belgium
Russian Federation
Mauritania
Sahara
Mali
Burkina Faso
Algeria
Libya
Gambia
Ghana
Togo
Subjects:international migration
mobility
emigration
migration
migrants
diasporas
social conditions
Abstract:After discussing a theoretical framework for the assessment of migratory processes, this book looks at actual migrant practices, migrants' social creativity and the employment of flexible responses to often restrictive governmental policies. The volume also discusses the often neglected issue of (involuntary) immobility, as well as the significance of borders, in both limiting mobility and in creating new 'borderline' strategies (a notion by Ines Kohl with regard to migrants' transnational strategies). Introduction: Mobility, transnational connections and sociocultural change in contemporary Africa (Tilo Grätz); 1: Mobility and modes of flexible adaptation. Miners and taxi drivers in Benin: emergent moral fields in informal migrant settings (Tilo Grätz); Faraway so close: presence and absence among Hausa migrants in Belgium and urban Niger (Sébastien Lo Sardo); Africans in Moscow: 'Foreign churches' as a factor of socio-cultural adaptation or non-adaptation (Ekaterina V. Shakhbazyan). 2: Effects and limits of migration: the influence of emigrants of servile origin on social renegotiation and emancipation in the Haalpulaar Society (Mauritania) (Olivier Leservoisier);Frontiers of mobility, limits of citizenship: political meanings of mobility for some Fulani groups in Mauritania (Riccardo Ciavolella). 3: Transnationalism and borderline strategies. Saharan 'borderline'- strategies: Tuareg transnational mobility (Ines Kohl); 'I'm nerves!': struggling with immobility in a Soninke village (The Gambia) (Paolo Gaibazzi); Mobility and the gendered dynamics of migration - Challenging German development cooperation in Ghana and Mali (Nadine Sieveking); Socio-cultural and political change in a transnational group: the Konkombas (Ghana-Togo) (Giulia Casentini); Local perspectives on transnational relations of Cameroonian migrants (Michaela Pelican). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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