Postcolonial Portuguese Migration to Angola

Migrants or Masters?

  • Lisa Åkesson

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Lisa Åkesson
    Pages 1-32
  3. Lisa Åkesson
    Pages 57-76
  4. Lisa Åkesson
    Pages 95-112
  5. Lisa Åkesson
    Pages 113-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 141-154

About this book


Grounded in extensive and original ethnographic fieldwork, this book makes a novel contribution to migration studies by examining a European labour migration to the Global South, namely contemporary Portuguese migration to Angola in a postcolonial context. In doing so, it explores everyday encounters at work between the Portuguese migrants and their Angolan “hosts”, and it analyses how the Luso-African postcolonial heritage interplays with the recent Portuguese-Angolan migration in the (re-)construction of power relations and identities. Based on ethnographic interviews, the book describes the Angolan-Portuguese relationship as characterized not only by hierarchies of power, but also by ambivalence and hybridity. This research demonstrates that the identities of the ex-colonized Angolan and the Portuguese ex-colonizer are shaped by a history of unequal and violent power relations. Further, it reveals how this history has produced a sense of intimacy between the two, and the often fraught nature of this relationship. Combining a strong connection to the field of migration studies with a postcolonial perspective, this original work will appeal to students and scholars of migration, postcolonial studies, the sociology of work and African Studies. 


South-North migration economic migration Postcolonial ethnographies of encounter Angola Portugal lusotropicalism Angolan party-state expat labour relations Workplace hierarchies integration Identities at work Hybridity immigration colonial discourse

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa Åkesson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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