Africa on the Move

African Migration and Urbanisation in Comparative Perspective
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  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Dimensions and Pages: 245 x 170 mm, 384 pp
  • EAN: 9781868144327
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 100.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): n/a

Migration is changing Africa – its living arrangements, family relationships, health, economy. A multidisciplinary and multicontinent set of authors illuminates, in this volume, the forces that shape migration and urbanisation in the region today.
—Jane Menken, University of Colorado, United States

This thirteen-chapter volume describes and compares patterns of internal, regional and international migration in Africa, with comparative insights from Asia and Latin America. It strives to evaluate how migration and urban living influence well-being among movers and stayers in the context of the rapid social, economic and political change that characterises most African nations. The comparative focus highlights similarities across diverse contexts in order to bring place-specific processes into sharper relief. Africa on the Move challenges certain traditional notions about migration, revisits notions of the urban and rural and explores how communication technology influences movement. The international author team pushes the frontiers of ongoing African migration and urbanisation research and strives for an original synthesis of insights.

Marta Tienda is Professor in Demographic Studies, and Sociolo­gy and Public Affairs at Princeton University, United States; Sally Findley is Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, United States; Stephen Tollman heads the School of Public Health’s Health & Population Division at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Eleanor Preston-Whyte holds a research professorship in the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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