Introduction: Gender and Mobility in Africa: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

  • Kalpana Hiralal


This book is a compilation of 14 original chapters on gender and mobility in Africa. It makes three original contributions to the field of migration and gender studies. First it combines historical and contemporary perspectives of mobility in Africa. The continuation of mobility in all its forms through time is often overseen in the migration literature which largely focuses on colonial and post-colonial mobility in the continent. By situating various time perils and routes of mobility in Africa such as Indian migration to South Africa in the early twentieth century to historical regional mobility in western Africa, this project aims to contextualise migration in a broader historical framework and in so doing create a conceptual and narrative framework that resists post-colonial boundaries of thought on the subject matter.


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  • Kalpana Hiralal
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  1. 1.Historical StudiesUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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