Anthropology, Change, and Development

Young People’s Daily Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Moving Young Lives

Authors: Porter, G., Hampshire, K., Abane, A., Munthali, A., Robson, E., Mashiri, M.

  • Constitutes the first scholarly exploration of young people’s daily physical mobility in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Debuts innovative methodology, such as the “walking method” and the use of children as researchers, and ethical reflections thereon
  • Engages with a broad audience that goes beyond Africanist scholars and also includes Western transport and mobility scholars
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About this book

This book explores the daily mobilities and immobilities of children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors draw on findings from rural and urban field research extending over many years, culminating in a 24-site study across three African countries: Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa. Wider reflections on gender, relationality, the politics of mobility, and field methodology frame the study. By bringing together diverse strands of a complex daily mobilities picture-from journeys for education, work, play/leisure and health, to associated experiences of different transport modes, road safety, and the virtual mobility now afforded by mobile phones-the book helps fill a knowledge gap with crucial significance for development policy and practice.

About the authors

Gina Porter is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.  
Co-authors are Kate Hampshire, Reader in Anthropology, Durham University, UK; Albert Abane, Professor of Geography, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Alister Munthali, Director of the Centre for Social Research, University of Malawi; Elsbeth Robson, Senior Lecturer in Geography, University of Hull, UK; Mac Mashiri,  Gwarajena TRD, Pretoria, South Africa.  

Reviews

“The important role that mobility plays in the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa is an important but long neglected research topic.  This book not only fills that research gap but also brings to light innovative methodologies.  It’s a ‘must have’ for anyone who wishes to understand how to improve the social consequences of young Africans’ mobility experiences.” (Karen Lucas, Professor of Transport and Social Analysis, University of Leeds, UK)

“Gina Porter has written a very unusual book. It is micro-geography at its best, and the focus on young people and on Africa is exceptional, and exceptionally well done. This book can and will inspire many researchers, students, and policymakers in Africa and elsewhere in the world.” (Ton Dietz, Director, African Studies Centre, Leiden, Netherlands)

“This empirically rich and theoretically informed book makes an important contribution to understandings of how mobility shapes the lives and life courses of young people in sub-Saharan Africa.  It offers real insight into their challenges and coping strategies.  A timely addition to the literature on this important but overlooked topic.” (Katherine Gough, Professor of Geography, Loughborough University, UK)

“A remarkable synthesis of peer-based case studies into young people’s physical mobility. Wonderfully grounded in theory, and finely tuned to ethnographic research methodology and to policy making, the authoritative and engaging text is a very welcome first for and from Africa.” (Gordon Pirie, Deputy Director, African Centre for Cities, South Africa)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Children, Young People and the ‘Mobilities Turn’ in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Porter, Gina (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Identifying Research Gaps and Building a Field Research Methodology with Young People

    Porter, Gina (et al.)

    Pages 23-64

  • Experiencing the Journey to School: Rural and Urban Narratives

    Porter, Gina (et al.)

    Pages 65-89

  • Balancing the Load: Mobility, Work and Income Generation

    Porter, Gina (et al.)

    Pages 91-122

  • Beyond the School and Working Day: Building Connections Through Play, Leisure, Worship and Other Social Contact

    Porter, Gina (et al.)

    Pages 123-152

Buy this book

eBook £73.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45431-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £92.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45430-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Young People’s Daily Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa
Book Subtitle
Moving Young Lives
Authors
Series Title
Anthropology, Change, and Development
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45431-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45431-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45430-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 250
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 illustrations in colour
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