Forging African Communities

Mobility, Integration and Belonging

  • Oliver Bakewell
  • Loren B. Landau

Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Agents of Integration: Decentring Policy and the State

  3. Negotiating Scales and Spaces of Belonging

  4. Emergent Socialities and Subjectivities

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-321

About this book


This book draws renewed attention to migration into and within Africa, and to the socio-political consequences of these movements. In doing so, it complements vibrant scholarly and political discussions of migrant integration globally with innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives focused on migration within Africa. It sheds new light on how human mobility redefines the meaning of home, community, citizenship and belonging. The authors ask how people’s movements within the continent are forging novel forms of membership while catalysing social change within the communities and countries to which they move and which they have left behind. Original case studies from across Africa question the concepts, actors, and social trajectories dominant in the contemporary literature. Moreover, it speaks to and challenges sociological debates over the nature of migrant integration, debates largely shaped by research in the world’s wealthy regions. The text, in part or as a whole, will appeal to students and scholars of migration, development, urban and rural transformation, African studies and displacement.


refugee migrant integration migration assimilation migration within Africa translocal human mobility religious and political diasporas African migration host communities African cities ethnic heterogeneity urban citizenship forms of belonging translocal subjectivities diaspora Host–guest relationship creolisation Pentecostalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Bakewell
    • 1
  • Loren B. Landau
    • 2
  1. 1.Global Development InstituteUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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