Category: IMISCOE Regional Readers
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2364-4087
Library: IMISCOE Research Series
Year: 2022


This open access Regional Reader proposes new ways of theorizing migration in Southern Africa by arguing that traditional western forms of theorizing do not adequately fit the South-South migration context. It explores the existing definitions of a ‘migrant’ with a view to conceptualise a definition which will speak to the complexities, envisioning a more inclusive Southern African region. The book investigates the various levels of migration moving from the local (rural to urban and urban to rural) to cross border migration; middle-class versus working-class migrant household livelihoods; livelihoods procurement versus wage earning; social capital (networks) and how they make meaning of their circumstances in a ‘foreign’ space. It also acknowledges the intertwined issues of gender and class as important in analyzing migration processes and the chapters feature both in varying dimensions. As such, the book provides a great resource for students, academics and policy makers.


  1. This open access Regional Reader provides an overview of migration to, within and between African countries

  2. ATrgues that South-to-South migration will dominate global migration trends in future

  3. Proposes new ways of theorizing migration in the Southern African region

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