The Challenge of the Threshold

The Challenge of the Threshold : Border Closures and Migration Movements in Africa

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The containment policies aimed at regulating immigration flows towards Europe and emerging economies like South Africa have profoundly altered the dynamics of migration in Africa. Drawing on original empirical research, this volume explores the notion of threshold as an operative concept to envisage in turn: the discursive frameworks of containment policies, the challenges to local spaces and their equilibrium, and finally, the sense of liminality experienced by migrants caught in those more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739165119
  • 9780739165119

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How does one live when one is 'stuck' in a transit space and situation? European national policies to control and reject transient people have created these spaces and left people trapped in inbetweenness. By focusing on transit spaces and time, this collaborative research initiative speaks to liminality itself. The volume encourages readers to question the more and more ambiguous relationships between individuals and the Nation-State, and the socio- political arrangements taking shape on the margins of states. -- Michel Agier, Centre d'Etudes Africaines How does the EU's restrictive immigration policy affect the migration processes in Africa? In this volume, a group of scholars provide convincing answers to that pressing question based on thorough theoretical work and solid empirical research. A must-read for all interested in understanding contemporary human mobility. -- Martiniello Marco, Universite de Liege This is an unusual book, drawing scholars with divergent interests, perspectives, and geographical expertise to consider the nature of migration into and out of Africa. Every reader will find individual chapters that are provocative and empirically rich. Readers who spend time reviewing all the chapters will undoubtedly come away with new perspectives on human mobility. No longer will we speak about migration in Africa as a singular or insular process. Nor will we accept simple, mechanical or economistic explanations. If nothing else, this book tell us that mobility on the continent is at once highly localized, deeply personal and shaped by global political processes. -- Loren B. Landau, University of the Witwatersrandshow more

About Jocelyne Streiff-Fenart

Jocelyne Streiff-Fenart Jocelyne Streiff-Fenart is director of the Research Unit on Migrations and Society at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis/University Paris Denis Diderot and IRD, France. Aurelia Segatti is a senior researcher for the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand, South more

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1. Threshold Policies: Discourses and Practices of Control and Closure Chapter 1. European Immigration Policies Outside the Union: An Impact Analysis on Migration Dynamics in North African Transit Areas Chapter 2. Regional Integration Policy and Migration Reform in SADC Countries: Whether to Move beyond Bilateralism? Chapter 3. The Manufacture of Transit Border Control, Urban Trends and Migrant Trajectories in Nouadhibou (Mauritania) Chapter 4. The "Discursive Framework" of Development and the Repertoire of Actions of Senegalese Deportee Associations Part 2. Threshold Spaces: Itineraries, Stages and Places of Transit Chapter 5. Stuck in the Desert: Hampered Mobility among Transit Migrants in Northern Niger Chapter 6. Time-Spaces of Transit Migration in West Africa: Life Transitions and Urban Transformations in Lome (Togo) And Accra (Ghana) Chapter 7. Beyond Departure and Arrival: Analyzing Migration Trajectories of Sub-Saharan African Migrants from a Mobilities Perspective Chapter 8. Migration in South Africa: Tensions and Post-Apartheid Inter-Ethnic Compromises in a Central District of Johannesburg Part 3. Threshold People: The Experience and Imaginary Dimension of Travel, Migrant Sociability and Routes to Individuation Chapter 9. Ambiguous Europe: Repertoires of Subjectivation Among Prospective Migrants in Bamako, Mali Chapter 10. Home as Transit: Would-Be Migrants and Immobility in Gambia Chapter 11. Migration at the Level of Individuals. Life Trajectories in Mauritania and Spain Chapter 12. Migrations between Transit, Settlement and Redefinitions of Identity: A Case Study of Senegalese Migrants in Morocco and Nigerian Migrants in Senegal Chapter 13. The Mozambican Miner and the Aventureiro from Maputo: Figures of Individuation Between Southern Mozambique and theVicinity of Johannesburgshow more