Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches

Publication Type:

Book

Authors:

Noret, Joël

Source:

Berghahn Books (2019)

ISBN:

978-1-78920-486-5

Keywords:

Political Science / World / African, Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural & Social

Abstract:

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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