Africa on the Move

Migration, Translocal Livelihoods and Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Malte Steinbrink
  • Hannah Niedenführ

Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 1-7
  3. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 9-34
  4. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 35-52
  5. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 53-83
  6. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 85-134
  7. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 135-217
  8. Malte Steinbrink, Hannah Niedenführ
    Pages 219-229
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-236

About this book


​This book discusses migration and space-spanning social network relationships as normal realities of life in African societies. It offers an overview of the research landscape and introduces an agency-centered theoretical model that provides a conceptual framework for translocality. The authors Malte Steinbrink and Hannah Niedenführ plead for a translocal approach to social transformation, showing how the translocality of livelihoods is shaping the lives of half a billion people on the continent and impacting local conditions. Using an action-oriented approach, the book analyzes the effects of translocal livelihoods on diverse aspects of economic, environmental and social change in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. The study thus makes an innovative contribution not only to migration research and development studies but also to the discussion around the policy and practice of development cooperation and planning. It is time to rethink development in light of translocal realities.

The book appeals to scholars and researchers in geography, sociology, policy-making and planning, development studies, migration research and rural development.


African Translocality Migration in Africa African livelihoods Rural Areas in Africa Social Networks in Africa Rural Transformation and Development African Mobilities Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GeographyUniversity of PassauPassauGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural StudiesUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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