Displacement Economies in Africa: Paradoxes of Crisis and Creativity - Africa Now (Hardback)Amanda Hammar (editor)
Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 08/05/2014
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Large-scale displacement - whether caused by war, state-related political or development projects, different forms of political violence, structural crisis, or even natural disasters - evokes many stereotyped assumptions about those forcibly displaced or emplaced. At the same time there is a problematic lack of attention paid to the diversity of actors, strategies and practices that reshape the world in the face (and chronic aftermath) of dramatic moments of violent dislocation. In this highly original volume, based on empirical case studies from across sub-Saharan Africa, the authors reveal the paradoxical effects, both intended and unexpected, that displacement produces, and that manifest themselves in displacement economies. An important contribution to a topic of growing scholarly and policy interest.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 156 mm
'Based on empirical case studies from across sub-Saharan Africa, the contributions in this volume look to provide fresh insights into the unexpected changes, complex agency and persistent dynamism entailed in displacement processes.' Africa at LSE 'This book provocatively asks "what does displacement produce?" Juxtaposing the experiences of different actors, drawing on rich ethnographic material, this important new volume strikes a careful balance between highlighting the agency of those often cast as victims and drawing attention to the emergence of vested interests that may perpetuate displacement.' Oliver Bakewell, University of Oxford 'Displacement economies are the drivers of the world's economies! The contributors' innovative and creative analysis of displacement through the lens of "agency", relationality and its transformative power is a welcome addition to theories of displacement, which have previously focused on victimhood. This book provides the basis for an alternative reading of the economics and politics of Africa and beyond.' Mirjam de Bruijn, Leiden University 'This superb new book brings together a range of deeply experienced contributors to offer new ways of seeing and thinking about "displacement economies". At the heart of this ambitious, useful book is the insistence that those living in displaced economies are not just living out the effects but engaged in activities that show how displacement is not only disruptive, but productive.' Christopher Cramer, SOAS, University of London 'Displacement Economies in Africa offers a fresh analytic perspective on the multiple dislocations brought about by war and crisis in Africa. By theorizing a "relational" rather than "operational" approach, the volume diverges from the conventional perspectives of forced migration studies. With up-to-date examples drawn from across the continent, this collection should be essential reading for students of development, migration and conflict in Africa.' JoAnn McGregor, Sussex University 'In a new era of displacement of people from multiple rural and urban sites in Africa, this extremely timely, important and well-crafted collection of detailed field studies takes up both the intended and unexpected material and symbolic effects produced by displacement. Crucial reading!' Jane I. Guyer, Johns Hopkins University
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