The 20th century witnessed the large-scale displacement and dispersal of populations across the world because of major political upheavals, among them the two European wars, decolonization and the Cold War. These major events were followed by globalization which accelerated free trade and the mobility of capital, new technologies of communication, and the movement of people, commodities, ideas, and cultures across the world. This book explores the complexity of African migration and diaspora, the discourse of ‘diaspora engagement’ and new models of citizenship and transnationalism in the context of these issues.
This book was originally published as a special issue of African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal.
Preface 1. What if diasporas didn’t think about development?: a critical approach of the international discourse on migration and development2. ‘Saving the Congo’: transnational social fields and politics of home in the Congolese diaspora 3. Immigrants and transnational engagement in the diaspora: Ghana associations in Italy and the United Kingdom 4. Guinea-Bissau immigrant transnationalism in Portugal: A substitute for a failed state?5. Being here and there: migrant communities in Sweden and the conflicts in the Horn of Africa 6. From ‘remittance’ to ‘tax’: the shifting meaning and strategies of capture of the Eritrean transnational party-state7. Transnational mobility, social capital and cosmopolitan women traders in Ghana 8. ‘Voting with their feet’: Senegalese youth, clandestine boat migration and the gendered politics of protest 9. Affective economies: Eastleigh’s metalogistics, urban anxieties and the mapping of diasporic city life