African Transnational Mobility in China : Africans on the Move

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Considering the African presence in China from an ethnographic and cultural studies perspective, this book offers a new way to theorise contemporary and future forms of transnational mobilities while expanding our understandings around the transformations happening in both China and Africa. The author develops an original argument and new theoretical insights about the significance of the African presence in Guangzhou, and presents an invaluable case study for understanding particular modes of transnational mobility. More broadly, it challenges forms of (re)presenting and producing knowledge about subjects on the move; and transforms existing theorisations and critical understandings of mobility and its shaping power. Through an ethnographic approach, the book brings us closer to a number of practices, features and objects that, while characterising the lives of Africans in Guangzhou, are also evidence of the interplay between individual aspirations, and the structural constraints embedded in contemporary regimes of transnational mobility. Raising critical questions about ways of (un)belonging in the precarious settings of neoliberal modernity and the future of African mobilities, this book will be of interest to scholars of transnational, African and Chinese Studies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9780367482268
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge African Studies

Bibliographical note

The writing of this book would never been possible without Nadeemy Chen's devoted and sometimes brutal editing. Thanks to John Erni for his guidance and critical insights during the development of this book. Thanks to Meaghan Morris for all the backstage support and the inspiration. Thanks to Tejaswini Niranjana for her confidence in me and her unwavering support. Thanks to Facil Tesfaye for his friendship and for opening the doors of African Studies at Hong Kong University for me. Thanks to my colleagues in the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University for their constructive feedback during all my seminars. Thanks to the Hong Kong Research Grants Council for the generous financial support they have given me. Thanks to Cesar Albarran for his friendship, support, and example. Thanks to all my African and Chinese friends in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.


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