Young People's Daily Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving Young Lives

Young People's Daily Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving Young Lives

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This book explores the daily mobilities and immobilities of children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors draw on findings from rural and urban field research extending over many years, culminating in a 24-site study across three African countries: Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa. Wider reflections on gender, relationality, the politics of mobility, and field methodology frame the study. By bringing together diverse strands of a complex daily mobilities picture-from journeys for education, work, play/leisure and health, to associated experiences of different transport modes, road safety, and the virtual mobility now afforded by mobile phones-the book helps fill a knowledge gap with crucial significance for development policy and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137454300
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 11/28/2016
Series: Anthropology, Change, and Development
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gina Porter is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.

Co-authors are Kate Hampshire, Reader in Anthropology, Durham University, UK; Albert Abane, Professor of Geography, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Alister Munthali, Director of the Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi; Elsbeth Robson, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Hull, UK; Mac Mashiri, Gwarajena TRD, Pretoria, South Africa.

Table of Contents

1: Introduction: children, young people and the ‘mobilities turn’ in sub-Saharan Africa

2: Identifying research gaps and building a field research methodology with young people

3: Experiencing the journey to school: rural and urban narratives

4: Balancing the load: mobility, work and income generation

5: Beyond the school and working day: building connections through play, leisure, worship and other social contact

6: Mobility and health: young people’s health-seeking behaviour and physical access to health services

7: Negotiating transport, travel and traffic, part 1: walking and cycling

8: Negotiating transport, travel and traffic, part 2: motor-mobility, traffic risk and road safety

9: Conclusion: Reflecting on theory and method, practice and policy

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From the Publisher

“The important role that mobility plays in the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa is an important but long neglected research topic. This book not only fills that research gap but also brings to light innovative methodologies. It’s a ‘must have’ for anyone who wishes to understand how to improve the social consequences of young Africans’ mobility experiences.” (Karen Lucas, Professor of Transport and Social Analysis, University of Leeds, UK)

“Gina Porter has written a very unusual book. It is micro-geography at its best, and the focus on young people and on Africa is exceptional, and exceptionally well done. This book can and will inspire many researchers, students, and policymakers in Africa and elsewhere in the world.” (Ton Dietz, Director, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands)

“This empirically rich and theoretically informed book makes an important contribution to understandings of how mobility shapes the lives and life courses of young people in sub-Saharan Africa. It offers real insight into their challenges and coping strategies. A timely addition to the literature on this important but overlooked topic.” (Katherine Gough, Professor of Geography, Loughborough University, UK)

“A remarkable synthesis of peer-based case studies into young people’s physical mobility. Wonderfully grounded in theory, and finely tuned to ethnographic research methodology and to policy making, the authoritative and engaging text is a very welcome first for and from Africa.” (Gordon Pirie, Deputy Director, African Centre for Cities, South Africa)

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