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POSTPONED – Africa on the Move

24 March 2020
12:30 - 14:00

Date: 24 March 2020    |   

Time: 12h30 – 14h00   

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town
Livestream via Vidyo

Presenter: Prof Dr Malte Steinbrink, Chair of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Passau, Germany and co-author of Africa on the Move (Springer, 2020)

Discussant: Professor Leslie Bank, HSRC and co-editor of Migrant Labour After Apartheid (2020, HSRC Press)

Chair: Dr Admire Nyamwanza, livelihoods expert, HSRC

Africa is immensely influenced by the spatial movement of its population, which is creating great change. Social, economic and ecological structures are subject to rapid transformations. How do people organize their daily lives, either to improve their living conditions or to respond to these various changes? Here, migration plays as decisive a role as the social networks that span the vast distances between regions of origin and arrival.

In particular, rural and urban areas are closely linked through informal relations. Circular migration and an intensive exchange of information, capital, and goods characterize the interdependence of rural and urban areas. These linkages are largely constituted in the informal structures of social networks, which span territorial borders and, in turn, have a considerable impact on everyday life. Many people’s livelihood systems, the Here and There – e.g. in the city and in the village – have certain, partially complementary functions, and it is only through a specific In-Betweenness that these can be combined to contribute to livelihood security.

Malte Steinbrink will address his new book on translocal livelihoods. This book sets out to develop a comprehensive conceptual framework for the analysis of translocal livelihoods and makes a strong case for the translocal dimension of development to be given more attention by policy makers and planners.

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