Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America

Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions

Edited by Ute Röschenthaler, Alessandro Jedlowski

Publication date:

15 August 2017


Zed Books



ISBN-13: 9781786990785

Trade connections and cultural exchange between Africa and the rest of the global South have existed for centuries. Since the end of the Cold War, these connections have expanded and diversified dramatically, with emerging economies such as China, India, and Brazil becoming increasingly important both as sources of trade and as a destination for African migrants. But while these trends have attracted growing scholarly attention, there has so far been little appreciation of the sheer breadth and variety of this exchange, or of its deeper social impact.

This collection brings together a wide array of scholarly perspectives to explore the movement of people, commodities, and ideas between Africa and the wider global South, with rich empirical case studies ranging from Senegalese migrants in Argentina to Lebanese traders in Nigeria. The contributors argue that this exchange represents a form of ‘globalization from below’ which defies many of the prevailing Western assumptions about migration and development, and which can only be understood if we consider the full range and complexity of migrant experiences.

Multidisciplinary in scope, Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America is essential reading for students and scholars across the social sciences interested in the interconnected economic and social make-up of the global South.

Key features

  • A comprehensive and far-reaching study of South-South mobility, one of the key emerging areas of research within the social sciences.
  • Incorporates a diverse array of original case studies and rich empirical detail from across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Offers a distinctive ‘globalization from below’ perspective which draws on the experiences of individual migrants and entrepreneurs.
  • Written by a range of respected scholars from across the globe, including Africa, Asia and Latin America.

'Empirically rich and conceptually astute, this volume gives the reader unparalleled insight into the lives of mobile traders crisscrossing the Global South. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary globalization and its historical roots.'
Neil Carrier, University of Oxford

'This important collection offers compelling accounts of geopolitical histories, personal trajectories, and unexpected cultural outcomes. The volume is recommended to anyone interested in Africa's diverse transnational connections.'
Heidi Østbø Haugen, University of Oslo

'Illuminating in shedding light on what are relatively little-known aspects of contemporary globalization … would be read with reward by those interested in the developing economic and social components of the global South.'
Pacific Affairs