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Postcolonial Portuguese Migration to Angola

Migrants or Masters?

  • Represents a significant contribution to current migration debates

  • Carves a new path in the debate on North-South migration

  • Sheds light on postcolonial power relations in Angola


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

  1. 1.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

About the authors

Lisa Åkesson is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, the University of Gothenburg, and Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden. 

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