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978-1-4985-1627-3 • Hardback • December 2015 • $121.00 • (£93.00)
978-1-4985-1628-0 • eBook • December 2015 • $114.50 • (£84.00)
Joy Owen is senior lecturer in anthropology at Rhodes University.
Part I: Preliminaries
Chapter 1 DRC: A Short History of Migration
Chapter 2 Transnational Subjects, Localized Policies
Chapter 3 Muizenberg, Fieldwork and “The Other”
Part II: Settling in and Coping
Chapter 4 Women, Social Networks, Contingency and Religion
Chapter 5 Success Guaranteed: Economic Survival and Success through Religious Patronage
Part III: Onward and Upward: The Romance Factor
Chapter 6 Interrogating Stereotypes: Donna and Henri
Chapter 7 Performing Congolese Masculinities: Sam and Noel
Chapter 8 Romantic Love or Migrant Careerism? Michelle and Ghislain, Andrea and Zakia
About the Author
This monograph by Joy Owen is captivating.... Owen’s work is an innovation in the research on social networks of African immigrants in South Africa. It is particularly exceptional in the case of the Congolese. [Translated from the original French]
— Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees
In Congolese Social Networks Joy Owen takes a path that few anthropologists have dared to follow--the intimacies that define relationships between immigrants--in her case Congolese immigrant men and non-Congolese women in South Africa. In a work that is beautifully written, Owen tactfully describes how transnational migration shapes a matrix of love and loss, fidelity and betrayal, and bonding and alienation--a truly remarkable work of cutting-edge scholarship.
— Paul Stoller, author of Yaya's Story: The Quest for Well Being in the World
This is a study of intra-African migration as a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, with a focus on the thrills and challenges of forging relationships and the pursuit of personal and collective success by migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in South Africa. Owen critically engages the macro and micro conceptual currencies employed by academics to understand and explain various dimensions of human mobility in claiming and negotiating inclusion and belonging. Her recognition of the need for conceptual flexibility and empirical substantiation is commendable, and so is her integration of the personal and biographical.
— Francis Nyamnjoh, author of C’est l’homme qui fait l’homme: Cul-de-Sac Ubuntu-ism in Côte d’Ivoire