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The Resource Development and the African diaspora : place and the politics of home, Claire Mercer, Ben Page, Martin Evans

Development and the African diaspora : place and the politics of home, Claire Mercer, Ben Page, Martin Evans

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Development and the African diaspora : place and the politics of home
Title
Development and the African diaspora
Title remainder
place and the politics of home
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Claire Mercer, Ben Page, Martin Evans
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Language
eng
Summary
  • There has been much celebration of the success of African 'civil society' in forging global connections through an ever-growing diaspora. Against the background of such celebrations, this book focuses on the diasporic networks--'home associations'--whose economic contributions are being used to develop home.
  • 'This engaging and well-written book offers a richly empirical analysis of the roles of diaspora associations in development back home. Ultimately, the book requires us to rethink many assumptions about the migration-development nexus for Africa, recentering the discussion on nuances, context, heterogeneity, and the everyday lives of people who make these long journeys'--Garth Myers, Kansas University. 'This is a timely addition to ongoing discourse on the structure and diverse character of African home associations. The authors' incisive participatory research has convinced them that despite their limitations, these associations offer transformative possibilities. Policy makers, researchers, students, development partners and relevant stakeholders will find the book very informative'--Aderanti Adepoju, Coordinator, Network of Migration Research on Africa. 'Showing the entanglement of national and local politics and elites with a sense of obligation and loyalty to place, this original book reveals the limits and potentialities of 'home' associations in the modern development project. A must for overseas developers the book illuminates an important field of enduring interest'--Pnina Werbner, University of Keele
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Mercer, Claire
Dewey number
338.96
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Index
index present
LC call number
JV8790
LC item number
.M47 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Page, Ben
  • Evans, Martin
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  • Africa
  • African diaspora
  • Emigrant remittances
  • Economic development
  • Community development
  • Africa
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There has been much recent celebration of the success of African 'civil society' in forging global connections through an ever-growing diaspora. Against the background of such celebrations, this innovative book sheds light on the diasporic networks--'home associations'--whose economic contributions are being used to develop home. Despite these networks being part of the flow of migrants' resources back to Africa that now outweighs official development assistance, the relationship between the flow of capital and social and political change are still poorly understood. The authors examine the networks of migrants that have been created by making 'home associations' international. They argue that claims in favour of enlarging 'civil society' in Africa must be placed in the broader context of the political economy of migration and wider debates concerning ethnicity and belonging. They demonstrate both that diasporic development is distinct from mainstream development, and that it is an uneven historical process in which some 'homes' are better placed to take advantage of global connections than others. In doing so, the book engages critically with the current enthusiasm among policy-makers for treating the African diaspora as an untapped resource for combating poverty. Its focus on diasporic networks, rather than private remittances, reveals the particular successes and challenges diasporas face in acting as a group, not least in mobilising members of the diaspora to fulfill obligations to home
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Development and the African diaspora : place and the politics of home, Claire Mercer, Ben Page, Martin Evans
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [236]-251) and index
Contents
Why home associations matter -- The history and structure of home associations -- The developmental and political work of home associations -- Home associations, migration and development
Control code
ocn232980981
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 258 p.
Isbn
9781842779019
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009284104
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maps
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(OCoLC)232980981
Label
Development and the African diaspora : place and the politics of home, Claire Mercer, Ben Page, Martin Evans
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [236]-251) and index
Contents
Why home associations matter -- The history and structure of home associations -- The developmental and political work of home associations -- Home associations, migration and development
Control code
ocn232980981
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xiv, 258 p.
Isbn
9781842779019
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2009284104
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)232980981

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