Development and the African Diaspora: Place and the Politics of Home

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Overview

There has been much recent celebration of the success of African 'civil society' in forging global connections through an ever-growing diaspora. Against this background, this innovative book sheds light on the diasporic networks - 'home associations' - whose economic contributions are being used to develop home. Although the amount of migrant remittances sent back to the South is now greater than official development assistance, the relationship between this flow of capital and social and plitical change is still poorly understood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842779002
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Mercer is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leicester, UK. Ben Page is a lecturer at University College London. Martin Evans has undertaken consultancy and advisory work for the Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Overseas Development Institute, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo and Chatham House.

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Table of Contents

Currencies vi

List of Acronyms vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgements xii

Part 1 Why home associations matter

1 Home associations: between political belonging and moral conviviality 3

2 Contexxts and comparisons 32

3 Rethinking research on African diasporas and development 49

Part 2 The history and structure of home associations

4 Home associations and the nation in Cameroon 77

5 Home associations and the nation in Tanzania 103

Part 3 The developmental and political work of home associations

6 Welfare and social support in the diaspora 133

7 Modernizing burial and death celebrations 157

8 Education and inequality 179

9 Infrastructure and accountability 205

Part 4 Home associations, migration and development

10 Conclusions 225

Bibliography 236

Index 252

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