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Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches

Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches

by Joël Noret

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Grounded in both theory and ethnography, this volume insists on taking social positionality seriously when accounting for Africa’s current age of polarizing wealth. To this end, the book advocates a multidimensional view of African societies, in which social positions consist of a variety of intersecting social powers - or ‘capitals’ – including wealth, education, social relationships, religion, ethnicity, and others. Accordingly, the notion of social im/mobilities emphasizes the complexities of current changes, taking us beyond the prism of a one-dimensional social ladder, for social moves cannot always be apprehended through the binaries of ‘gains’ and ‘losses’.

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ISBN-13: 9781789204865
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256

About the Author

Joël Noret is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He has conducted most of his fieldwork in Southern Benin where he worked on funerals, religious change and the memory of slavery. In the last few years, he has started investigating social inequalities in education, combining ethnography with survey research to explore the making of unequal lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theorizing Social Im/mobilities in Africa
Joël Noret

Chapter 1. Inequality from up Close: Qur’anic Students in Northern Nigeria Working as Domestics
Hannah Hoechner

Chapter 2. 'Born Free to Aspire?' An Ethnographic Study of Rural Youths’ Aspirations in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Fawzia Mazanderani

Chapter 3. Great Expectations and Uncertain Futures: Education and Social Im/mobility in Niamey, Niger
Gabriella Körling

Chapter 4. ‘Precarious Prosperity?’ Social Im/mobilities Among Young Entrepreneurs in Kampala
Laura Camfield and William Monteith

Chapter 5. ‘Here Men Are Becoming Women and Women Men’: Gender, Class, and Space in Maputo, Mozambique
Inge Tvedten, Arlindo Uate and Lizete Mangueleze

Chapter 6. The Dynamics of Inequality in the Congolese Copperbelt: A Discussion of Bourdieu’s Theory of Social Space
Benjamin Rubbers

Chapter 7. Crisis, Work and the Meanings of Mobility on the Zimbabwean-South African Border
Maxim Bolt

Chapter 8. Domestic Dramas: Class, Taste and Home Decoration in Buea, Cameroon
Ben Page

Conclusion: A Multidimensional Approach to Social Positionality in Africa
Joël Noret

Appendix I: Sample characteristics
Appendix II: Summary of entrepreneurs’ directions of social mobility