Young People’s Daily Mobilities in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving Young Lives

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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction Children Young People and the Mobilities Turn in SubSaharan Africa
1
Identifying Research Gaps and Building a Field Research Methodology with Young People
23
Experiencing the Journey to School Rural and Urban Narratives
65
Balancing the Load Mobility Work and Income Generation
91
Beyond the School and Working Day Building Connections Through Play Leisure Worship and Other Social Contact
123
Mobility and Health Young Peoples HealthSeeking Behaviour and Physical Access to Health Services
153
Negotiating Transport Travel and Traffic Part 1 Walking and Cycling
179
Negotiating Transport Travel and Traffic Part 2 MotorMobility Traffic Risk and Road Safety
203
Conclusion Reflecting on Theory and Method Practice and Policy
226
Young Peoples Daily Mobilities in SubSaharan Africa
244
Index
245
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About the author (2016)

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.