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Although contemporary migration in and from Africa can be understood as a continuation of earlier forms of interregional and international migration, current processes of migration seem to have taken on a new quality. This volume argues that one of the main reasons for this is the fact that local worlds are increasingly measured against a set of possibilities whose referents are global, not local. Due to this globalization of the personal and societal horizons of possibilities in Africa and elsewhere, in many contexts migration gains an almost inevitable attraction while, at the same time, actual migration becomes increasingly restricted. Based on detailed ethnographic accounts, the contributors to this volume focus on the imaginations, expectations, and motivations that propel the pursuit of migration. Decentring the focus of much of migration studies on the ‘receiving societies', the volume foregrounds the subjective aspect of migration and explores the impact which the imagination and practice of migration have on the sociocultural conditions of the various local settings concerned.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: Reflections on migratory expectations in Africa and beyond
  2. Knut Graw and Samuli Schielke
  3. pp. 7-22
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  1. On the cause of migration:Being and nothingness in the African-European border zone
  2. Knut Graw
  3. pp. 23-42
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  1. Bushfalling: The making of migratory expectations inAnglophone Cameroon
  2. Maybritt Jill Alpes
  3. pp. 43-58
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  1. City on the move: How urban dwellers in Central Africa manage the siren’s call of migration
  2. Filip De Boeck
  3. pp. 59-86
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  1. Spaces in movement: Town–village interconnections in West Africa
  2. Denise Dias Barros
  3. pp. 87-104
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  1. Migration, identity and immobility in a Malian Soninke village
  2. Gunvor Jónsson
  3. pp. 105-120
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  1. “God’s time is the best”: Religious imagination and the wait for emigration in The Gambia
  2. Paolo Gaibazzi
  3. pp. 121-136
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  1. The Eiffel Tower and the eye: Actualizing modernity between Paris and Ghana
  2. Ann Cassiman
  3. pp. 137-154
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  1. Literacy, locality, and mobility: Writing practices and ‘cultural extraversion’ in rural Mali
  2. Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye
  3. pp. 155-174
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  1. Engaging the world on the Alexandria waterfront
  2. Samuli Schielke
  3. pp. 175-192
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  1. Afterword
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. pp. 193-199
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  1. Contributors
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461663993
Related ISBN
9789058679062
MARC Record
OCLC
873808736
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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