Unravelling Migrants as Transnational Agents of Development

ab 24,90 

Thomas Faist, Nadine Sieveking (Eds.)

Social Spaces in between Ghana and Germany

ISBN 978-3-643-90111-8
Band-Nr. 11
Jahr 2011
Seiten 240
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Politik, Gemeinschaft und Gesellschaft in einer globalisierten Welt /


Since the early 2000s there has been increased interest in, and indeed
enthusiasm about, international migration as a central mechanism to
advance what is called the development potential of international
migrants. The contributions to this book argue that the current enthusiasm
about the migration-development nexus should be approached from a
perspective that recognises and critically appraises the emergence of a
new agent in development discourse, variably called „migrants“,
„diaspora“, or „transnational community“. The essays, which are the
result of intensive student research at Bielefeld University as part of
its pre-dissertation research training in the Department of Sociology,
depart from issues raised by the migration-development nexus and ask how
life-worlds and institutions are changing in the face of cross-border
processes. In this way, the book is also a contribution to the different
understandings of development.