Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration

Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration

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This volume examines the relationship between hope, mobility, and immobility in African migration. Through case studies set within and beyond the continent, it demonstrates that hope offers a unique prism for analyzing the social imaginaries and aspirations which underpin migration in situations of uncertainty, deepening inequality, and delimited access to global circuits of legal mobility. The volume takes departure in a mobility paradox that characterizes contemporary migration. Whereas people all over the world are exposed to widening sets of meaning of the good life elsewhere, an increasing number of people in the Global South have little or no access to authorized modes of international migration. This book examines how African migrants respond to this situation. Focusing on hope, it explores migrants' temporal and spatial horizons of expectation and possibility and how these horizons link to mobility practices. Such analysis is pertinent as precarious life conditions and increasingly restrictive regimes of mobility characterize the lives of many Africans, while migration continues to constitute important livelihood strategies and to be seen as pathways of improvement. Whereas involuntary immobility is one consequence, another is the emergence and consolidation of new destinations emerging in the Global South. The volume examines this development through empirically grounded and theoretically rich case studies in migrants' countries of origin, zones of transit, and in new and established destinations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and China. It thereby offers an original perspective on linkages between migration, hope, and immobility, ranging from migration aspirations to return.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 576.06g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138961213
  • 9781138961210

About Nauja Kleist

Nauja Kleist is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Dorte Thorsen is theme leader on gender and qualitative research in the Migrating Out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, University of Sussex, UK and associate researcher at LPED, Aix Marseille Universite-IRD, France.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Nauja Kleist and Dorte Thorsen 1. Migrants' Adventures: A Moral Experience Sylvie Bredeloup 2. Extracting Hope from Papers: Subjectivities of Migration Law and "Relational Immobility" in Cape Verdean Transnational Fields Heike Drotbrohm 3. Hope and Despair Among Zanzibaris in the Era of Neo-Liberalism Akbar Keshodkar 4. "Change Your Name from Mr. Disappointment to Mr. Success!": Hope as a Moral Imperative in Nigerian Migrant Churches in China Heidi Ostbo Haugen 5. Navigating Between Hope and Despair: West African Migrants in Argentina Ida Vammen 6. Shady Deals in the Interstices of Border Control: Tactics of Hope Among West and Central African Migrants in Morocco Dorte Thorsen 7. You Don't Want to Know What We Do to Live: Ghanaian Migrants in Greece Hans Lucht 8. "I Can't Die Here": Fears for the Present and Hopes for the Future Among Somali Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya Lucy Lowe 9. The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here: Abjection as the Foundation of Attachment in Two Centuries of Liberian Diasporan Identity (1820-2014) Stephen C. Lubkemann 10. Zouglou Music and Youth in Urban Burkina Faso: Displacement and the Social Performance of Hope Jesper Bjarnesen 11. Uncertainty and Hope in Decisions to Leave and Return: The Case of Senegalese Migration to Spain Maria Hernandez Carreto 12. Borga Dreams and Nightmares: Hope, Achievement and Loss Among Deportees in Ghana Nauja Kleist Afterword Mattia Fumantishow more