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Title:Marxist and non-marxist approaches to migration in tropical Africa
Authors:Gerold-Scheepers, Thérèse J.F.A.
Binsbergen, Wim M.J. vanISNI
Periodical:African Perspectives
Geographic terms:West Africa
Southern Africa
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Abstract: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.