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The Age of Migration in Afro-Asia: Towards a ‘Multicultural South’?

  • Scarlett Cornelissen
  • Yoichi Mine
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Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Abstract

This chapter explains the motivation of the collaborative research project, gives summaries of all chapters and presents the theoretical framework of the book. As economic interaction between Africa and Asia intensifies, people’s mobility has accelerated across these regions. Empirical research on emerging migrant spaces is therefore much needed, and this book tries to elucidate the dynamics of interregional migration by combining a wide variety of academic disciplines. The editors present three main arguments. First, migrant communities in host societies can be interpreted as ethnic ‘exclaves’ of transnational networks of migrants. Second, in Afro-Asian societal contexts, relationships between communities can often be described as ‘aloof coexistence’ rather than integration and assimilation. Third, migrants make use of ‘bridging’ as well as ‘bonding’ social capital for daily survival, giving rise to pockets of active inter-group communication.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scarlett Cornelissen
    • 1
  • Yoichi Mine
    • 2
  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityMatielandSouth Africa
  2. 2.Doshisha UniversityKyotoJapan

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