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Modern Migrations in Western Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Samir Amin


438 pages

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Originally published in 1974, this volume deals with studies of migration from census and other data, variations in scale, distance and duration of various types of migration, social relations of migrant populations with their home areas and their host communities, and expectations and valuation of migrants concerning rural and urban life. It also examines interrelations between levels of migration, labour supply, wage rates and unemployment in urban centres, the impact of different types of migration on the national economy and economic planning and governemnt measures and conflicting interests of the labour supplying and receiving countries. The introduction analyses the main economic and political factors and the socio-economic consequences and problems brought about by migrations in and between territories.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction Samir Amin

1. Le phénomène migratoire danls L'Afrique de l'Ouest contemporaine: nature et definition

2. L'ampleur du phénomène migratoire en Afrique de l'ouest: quelques indications

3. Le mécanisme de la migration: la méthodologie

4. Le phénomène migratoire, élément du processus de prolétarisation

5. Les 'effets' des migrations, critique de l'analyse en termes de 'coûts-bénéfices'

6. Autres types de migrations

7. Les migrations et le problème national

8. Les résultats du colloque

English version

1. The Migratory Phenomenon in Contemporary West Africa: Nature and Definition

2. The Magnitude of the Migratory Phenomenon in West Africa: some indications

3. The Mechanism of Migration: Methodology

4. The Migratory Phenomenon, element of the process of proletarization

5. The 'effects' of migration, criticism of 'cost-benefits' analysis

6. Other Types of Migration

7. Migration and the National Problem

8. The Results of the Seminar

Part 2: Special Studies

1. Rural-Urban socio-Economic Links: the Example of Migratnts in South-west Nigeria Aderanti Adepoju

2. The Effects of the Expulsion of Migrant Workers on Ghana's economy, with particular reference to the Cocoa Industry

3. L'impact de la migration sur la société villageoise: approche sociologique (exemple Togo-Ghana) A. Ahianyo-Akakpo

4. Regulations Governing the Employment of Non-Nationals in West Africa Krishna Ahooja-Patel

5. La Migration contibue-t-elle au développment des zones 'retardées'? J. Bugnicourt

6. Mesures gourvernemntales et/ou interêts divergents des pays exportateurs de main d'oeuvre et des pays hôtes: Haute-Volta et Côte d'Ivoire Raymond Deniel

7. Les relations entre les hommes et les femmes et les migrations des Zarma Fatoumata Agnes Diarra

8. L'émigration sarakollaise du Guidimaka vers la France Elizabeth Dussauze-Ingrand

9. Population Movements and Land Shortages in the Sokoto Close-Settled Zone, Nigeria A. D. Goddard

10. Migration, Urbanization and National Development in Nigeria Leslie Green

11. Development and In-Migration in Upper Volta Joel W. Gregory

12. Migration and the Opportunity Structure: A Ghanaian Case-Study J. K. Hart

13. Some Sociological Aspects of Modern Migration in Western Africa S. O. Imoagene

14. External Migration in Togo Tom K. Kumekpor and Sylvere Issifou Looky

15. Migration des pionniers mourid wolof vers les terres neuves: role de l'économique et du religieux Elisabeth N'Doye

16. Réalités et effets de l'émigration massive des Voltaïques dans le contexte de l'Afrique occidentale Ambroise Songre, Jean-Marie Sawadogo et George Sanogoh

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies