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Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities

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Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities

9781788117418 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Annelies Zoomers, Professor of International Development Studies and Maggi Leung, Kei Otsuki and Guus Van Westen, Associate Professors, Department of Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78811 741 8 Extent: c 272 pp
This timely Handbook demonstrates that global linkages, flows and circulations merit a more central place in theorization about development. Calling for a mobilities turn, it challenges the sedentarist assumptions which still underlie much policy making and planning for the future.

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This timely Handbook demonstrates that global linkages, flows and circulations merit a more central place in theorization about development. Calling for a mobilities turn, it challenges the sedentarist assumptions which still underlie much policy making and planning for the future.
 
Expert contributors analyze development from a mobilities perspective, exploring how globalization connects distant people and places, so that what happens in one place has direct bearing on another. Chapters provide an overview of the global trends related to the flows of people and capital over the past decade, and offer insights into the consequences of developmental practices and policies that unfold on the ground. Drawing on specific case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, this Handbook considers how, in many localities, livelihood opportunities are ever more shaped by positionality, and the ways in which people are attached to and participate in translocal and transnational networks.
 
Providing a bottom-up analysis of the implications of globalization for translocal development, this Handbook will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of development studies, human geography, and sustainability and environmental science. Its use of global case studies will also be useful for practitioners and policy makers who desire a better understanding of the developmental impact of policies and investments.
Critical Acclaim
‘This exceptionally rich and innovative text engages issues of translocal development and mobility through detailed, often empirically-based case studies. Its chapters expand on how meta-trend such as digitalization and environmental degradation affect development, and advocate for a mobilities perspective in analysing and addressing resulting issues. “Local” perspectives are highlighted to give guidance to policymakers on how to avoid the pitfalls and unintended consequences of previous approaches. It offers us a new way to think through the major issues of our time.’
– Pádraig Carmody, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

‘Globalizing capitalism, originally imagined by global policymakers as diffusing development from North to South and enabling the latter to catch-up, has a much more complex, networked spatiality triggering persistently uneven outcomes. This important collection interrogates this complexity and its implications. Trans-local development interrogates how global networks of capital, commodities, logistics and migrants, unevenly connecting the world, come to earth: differentially shaping local landscapes and conditions of possibility for progress towards the good life, while also being shaped by local agency and initiative. Unraveling the implications for specific communities across the post-colony, these essays illuminate how contemporary globalization leapfrogs across space in ways that advantage certain localities and positionalities at the expense of many others. Readers will see the development implications of globalizing capitalism in new and transformative ways.’
– Eric Sheppard, University of California, Los Angeles, US

‘Combining new empirical research with novel conceptualizations, the Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities explores the complex and changing ways in which global flows are restructuring livelihood possibilities. While recognizing the potential for peoples’ agency, the authors draw attention to the increasing constraints on local development, and thus the challenges that new capital and human flows present for securing inclusion and sustainability. This book is a sympathetic but serious challenge to livelihoods research, as well as to arguments that global value chains offer pathways to human development.’
– Anthony Bebbington, Clark University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: A. Alonso-Frajedas, W. Beekman, J. Bélair, I. Boas, C. de Bont, M. de Theije, C. Huggins, T. Jacob, J. Liebrand, M. Leung, K. Otsuki, J. Schapendonk, M. Shannon, S. Soeters, C. Sosa, M. Spierenburg, G. Steel, F. van Noorloos, G. van Westen, G.J. Veldwisch, R. Weesie, N. Winters, A. Zoomers
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to the Handbook of Translocal Development and
Global Mobilities 1
Guus van Westen, Maggi Leung, Kei Otsuki and Annelies Zoomers

PART I TRANSLOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN MIGRATORY
LANDSCAPES
2 Moving far away to stay: translocal livelihoods, labour
migration corridors and mobility in rural Nicaragua 13
Nanneke Winters, Griet Steel and Carlos Sosa
3 Environmentally related migration in the digital age: the case
of Bangladesh 27
Ingrid Boas
4 Development against migration: investments, partnerships and
counter-tactics in the West African–European migration industry 42
Joris Schapendonk

PART II TRANSLOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN LANDSCAPES
OF VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT AND AGRIBUSINESS
5 Beyond the value chain: local impacts of ‘global’ inclusive
agribusiness investments – examples from Ghana 58
Guus van Westen
6 Land-based investments and the inevitability of increased
farmer–Fulani pastoralist conflicts in Northern Ghana 76
Sebastiaan Soeters, Ruben Weesie and Annelies Zoomers
7 Global flows of investments in agriculture and
irrigation-related technologies in sub-Saharan Africa 92
Janwillem Liebrand, Wouter Beekman, Chris de Bont and Gert Jan
Veldwisch
8 Land investment flows and translocal development chains of
‘impairing destruction’ 110
Alberto Alonso-Fradejas

PART III TRANSLOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN LANDSCAPES
OF NATURE CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE
CONSERVATION
9 Global investment flows in land restoration and nature conservation 131
Marja Spierenburg
10 Involuntary resettlement projects as a frontier of sustainable
translocal development 147
Kei Otsuki

PART IV TRANSLOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN LANDSCAPES
OF LARGE-SCALE MINING
11 The mining sector in sub-Saharan Africa: flows of capital and
people in large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining 162
Chris Huggins
12 Corporate and migrant investment in a gold-mining
development corridor: the case of Suriname 179
Marjo de Theije
13 Civil society’s positionality in new development chains:
insights from the land and mining sectors in Tanzania 191
Joanny Bélair and Thabit Jacob

PART V TRANSLOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN LANDSCAPES
OF NEW CITY DEVELOPMENT AND URBAN
INFRASTRUCTURES
14 New master-planned cities in Africa: translocal flows
‘touching ground’? 206
Femke van Noorloos
15 Urban infrastructure and displacement: two sides of the
sustainability coin 218
Murtah Shannon
16 Conclusions 232
Kei Otsuki, Guus van Westen and Annelies Zoomers

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