Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches

Social Im/mobilities in Africa: Ethnographic Approaches

Noret, Joel

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  • 9781789204858
  • Hardback
  • English
  • 256
  • Berghahn Books
  • Nov 2019
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'.