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Adaptation as by-product : Migration and environmental change in Nguith, Senegal

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Romankiewicz, Clemens ; Doevenspeck, Martin ; Brandt, Martin ; Samimi, Cyrus:
Adaptation as by-product : Migration and environmental change in Nguith, Senegal.
In: Die Erde. Vol. 147 (2016) Issue 2 . - pp. 95-108.
ISSN 0013-9998
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12854/erde-147-7

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Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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In the debate about the nexus between environmental change, climate and migration much attention has been given to a changing climate as a push factor for migration. A more recent strand of academic work focuses on migration as a means to enhance adaptation capacities and resilience. This article questions these intentional attributions and starts from the observation that migration is occurring regardless of environmental or climatic change and connects people and places through shared social and cultural identities and the flow of ideas and resources. Drawing on a case study of Nguith, a village in the Senegalese Sahel with a long and complex migration history, it is shown how migration and material and non-material remittances have led (in a way accidentally) to an increased independence from local agroecological conditions. Therefore, we investigate the social, cultural and historical background of the people of Nguith with regard to their mobility and trace the continents-Traversing migration network and connected translocal spaces. Finally, we explain the cohesive forces of this community that perpetuate and reinforce migration and show the effects of migration on everyday life, economic development in the village and resulting land-use change.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professur Politische Geographie > Professur Politische Geographie - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology > Professorship Climatology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > African Studies
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professur Politische Geographie
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology
Profile Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 08:11
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 08:11
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/34790