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Mobility, Transnationalism and Contemporary African Societies

Mobility, Transnationalism and Contemporary African Societies (Hardback)

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The book is meant to shed new light on migratory processes pertinent to Sub-Saharan Africa. It starts out from the position that contemporary migratory movements can only be assessed by employing an appropriate theoretical framework which helps with conceptualising both localised strategies of migrants, i.e. their modes of adaptation, economic and social integration into host societies and the way they maintain relationships back home, across places and nations, i.e. translocal aspects of their mobility in terms of networking, communication or economic as well as cultural transfers. It this respect, the book contributes to the current debate on processes and effects of worldwide mobility, addressing causes and effects and the various aspects of a "culture of migration" relevant for the African continent. Additionally, the book tries to go beyond the usual structural discussions and reflections on mobility and migration by looking at actual migrant practices, their social creativity, the employment of flexible responses to often restrictive governmental policies.

Finally, 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, to employ a notion by Ines Kohl with regard to migrants' transnational strategies. The book addresses a wide readership in Human Sciences; especially from African Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and Political Sciences.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesMigration, immigration & emigration Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/03/2010 ISBN-13: 9781443818537  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Tilo Gratz studied Social Anthropology, History and African Studies in Berlin at the Free University and Humboldt University. He holds a PhD from Bielefeld University (1998), and obtained his habilitation degree (post-doctoral qualification) in Social Anthropology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in 2008. Between 1999 and 2005, he has been working as Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale. Currently, he is employed at the University of Hamburg, and works as a Lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg as well as at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. After conducting research in the realm of political and economy anthropology, as well as the study of friendship and social organisation, his current research primarily focusses on the appropriation of electronic media and ICT in West Africa.

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