A comparative political economy of regional migration and labour mobility in West and Southern Africa

Cross, H. and Cliffe, Lionel 2017. A comparative political economy of regional migration and labour mobility in West and Southern Africa. Review of African Political Economy. 44 (153), pp. 381-398. doi:10.1080/03056244.2017.1333411

TitleA comparative political economy of regional migration and labour mobility in West and Southern Africa
AuthorsCross, H.
Cliffe, Lionel
Abstract

Based on a collaboration with the late Lionel Cliffe, this article suggests agendas and methods for analysing regional patterns of migration and labour mobility in Southern and West Africa. It locates local communities in regional patterns and global processes using two key organising concepts: first, the regionalisation of Africa, as outlined in Samir Amin's work. We consider continuities and discontinuities with the paradigms of ‘Africa of the labour reserves’ and ‘Africa of the colonial trade economy’ to understand contemporary realities. Second, this article explores the mechanisms and characteristics of cheap labour on different scales of analysis. This includes a discussion of the theories that explored the relations of reproduction of labour, and the reproduction of the labour system as a whole. In doing so, it rethinks the modes of production discourse to highlight the continuing importance of situations where capitalism exists alongside non-capitalist relations of production and reproduction.

Keywordsmigration, labour mobility, West Africa, Southern Africa, modes of production
JournalReview of African Political Economy
Journal citation44 (153), pp. 381-398
ISSN0305-6244
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptroape migration and labour mobility accepted.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/03056244.2017.1333411
Publication dates
Published online23 Aug 2017
Published23 Aug 2017

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