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Title:Migration, translocal networks and socio-economic stratification in Namibia
Author:Greiner, ClemensISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:rural-urban migration
rural-urban relations
economic inequality
social stratification
Abstract:Rural-urban migration and rural-urban networks are fundamental for many livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Remittances in cash and kind provide additional income, enhance food security and offer access to viable resources in both rural and urban areas. Migration allows the households involved to benefit from price differences between rural and urban areas. In this contribution, the author demonstrates that rural-urban networks not only contribute to poverty alleviation and security, but also further socioeconomic stratification. This aspect has been ignored by most scholars and development planners. Using ethnographic data from Namibia, the author adopted a translocal perspective on migration and stratification, focusing on the resulting impact in rural areas where modern urban forms of stratification, induced by education and income from wage labour, are on the increase. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]