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Spurred by major changes in the world economy and in local ecology, the contemporary migration of Africans, both within the continent and to various destinations in Europe and North America, has seriously affected thousands of lives and livelihoods. The contributors to this volume, reflecting a variety of disciplinary perspectives, examine the causes and consequences of this new migration. The essays cover topics such as rural-urban migration into African cities, transnational migration, and the experience of immigrants abroad, as well as the issues surrounding migrant identity and how Africans re-create community and strive to maintain ethnic, gender, national, and religious ties to their former homes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: African Patterns of Migration in a Global Era: New Perspectives
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part 1. Psychological, Sociocultural, and Political Dimensions of African Migration
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. Overcoming the Economistic Fallacy: Social Determinants of Voluntary Migration from the Sahel to the Congo Basin
  2. pp. 19-34
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  1. 2. Migration as Coping with Risk and State Barriers: Malian Migrants’ Conception of Being Far from Home
  2. pp. 35-58
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  1. 3. Navigating Diaspora: The Precarious Depths of the Italian Immigration Crisis
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. 4. Historic Changes Underway in African Migration Policies: From Muddling Through to Organized Brain Circulation
  2. pp. 78-90
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  1. Part 2. Translocal and Transnational Connections: Between Belonging and Exclusion
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 5. Belonging amidst Shifting Sands: Insertion, Self-Exclusion, and the Remaking of African Urbanism
  2. pp. 93-112
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  1. 6. Securing Wealth, Ordering Social Relations: Kinship, Morality, and the Configuration of Subjectivity and Belonging across the Rural-Urban Divide
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. 7. Voluntary and Involuntary Homebodies: Adaptations and Lived Experiences of Hausa “Left Behind” in Niamey, Niger
  2. pp. 133-157
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  1. 8. Strangers Are Like the Mist: Language in the Push and Pull of the African Diaspora
  2. pp. 158-172
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  1. 9. Toward a Christian Disneyland? Negotiating Space and Identity in the New African Religious Diaspora
  2. pp. 173-194
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  1. 10. International Aid to Refugees in Kenya: The Neglected Role of the Somali Diaspora
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Part 3. Feminization of Migration and the Appearance of Diasporic Identities
  2. pp. 209-210
  1. 11. The Feminization of Asylum Migration from Africa: Problems and Perspectives
  2. pp. 211-229
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  1. 12. Migration as a Factor of Cultural Change Abroad and at Home: Senegalese Female Hair Braiders in the United States
  2. pp. 230-247
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  1. 13. What the General of Amadou Bamba Saw in New York City: Gendered Displays of Devotion among Migrants of the Senegalese Murid Tariqa
  2. pp. 248-269
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  1. 14. Toward Understanding a Culture of Migration among “Elite” African Youth: Educational Capital and the Future of the Igbo Diaspora
  2. pp. 270-286
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 287-288
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 289-301
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253005830
Print ISBN
9780253003089
MARC Record
OCLC
859687435
Pages
316
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
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