Marxist and non-marxist approaches to migration in tropical Africa

TitleMarxist and non-marxist approaches to migration in tropical Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsJ.F.A. Gerold-Scheepers, and W.M.J. van Binsbergen
Secondary TitleAfrican Perspectives
Pagination21 - 35
Date Published1978///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrica, literature reviews (form), migration, Southern Africa, West Africa

In the more sophisticated studies on migration in tropical Africa aiming at explanation of migratory phenomena the major distinctions have been those between structural and methodological-individualist approaches, and, within the structural approach, between recent marxism on the one hand and structural-functionalism on the other, the latter having dominated the social-scientific study of African migration since the 1950s. The A's discuss the structural approach, in both its marxist and non-marxist versions, in the light of the question linking migration and rural development: does migration foster rural development by bringing about an optimal distribution of human resources, or, on the contrary, does migration constitute a drain on the labour and material resources of rural areas? They concentrate on anthropological and sociological studies. Sections: Introduction - The structural-functionalist approach - Marxist approaches - Conclusion. Many ref

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