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COVID-19 and (Im)mobilities in West Africa

Title data

Breuer, Andras ; Doevenspeck, Martin ; Donko, Kamal ; Ouedraogo, Serge:
COVID-19 and (Im)mobilities in West Africa.
ed.: Maurus, Sabrina
Bayreuth, Germany : Institute of African Studies , 2021 . - XIV, 153 p. - (University of Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 26 ) (Africa Multiple connects ; 3)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00005670

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Project information

Project title:
Project's official titleProject's id
Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple - Reconfiguring African StudiesEXC2052

Project financing: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Abstract in another language

This study examines recent developments of mobility patterns in West Africa within the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A broad understanding of mobilities is applied to account for mobilities of people, goods and capital likewise. The aim is to track changes in mobility patterns caused by the pandemic and by institutional responses to the latter. The study may herein serve to encourage more in depth and comprehensive studies of the new (im)mobilities and the regimes that shape them. Embedding the subject of mobility changes into the political-economic framework of the networks of global capitalism and taking a perspective on the formative regimes, we develop first suppositions on how to apply the concept of (im)mobility regimes to assess the newly manifested (im)mobilisations. To shed light on the bigger picture of recent developments in Western Africa, this study tackles a wide range of mobility-related topics. At first, the epidemiological situation as well as the local testing regimes are analysed in order to assess the extent to which the pandemic is scientifically captured in Western Africa in contrast to other regions. By then providing a systematic outline of the lockdown policies of the individual ECOWAS member states, a first approach to the formative regimes can be given. The manifest new (im)mobilities of people are then evaluated with a focus on public transport, migratory movements and public air travel. Thereafter, the (im)mobilities of goods are discussed with a special focus on maritime freight mobilities. Finally, (im)mobilities of capital are dealt with in order to address changes and constants in the context of COVID-19, for example in the realm of remittances. Overall, this provides a first basis for a multi-dimensional understanding of the emerging phenomena in the ECOWAS region.

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Item Type: Working paper, discussion paper
Keywords: Mobility; Immobility; (im)mobility regimes; West Africa; COVID-19; Pandemic; Goods; Capital flows; Migration; Refugees; Google COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports; Mobility pattern; Lockdown; Air traffic; Aviation; Border; Travel; PHSM; ECOWAS; Shipping; Container; Freight; Commodities; FDI; Remittances; Ratings; Trade; Testing; Infections; Public Transport; Ports; Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple; African Studies;
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professor Political Geography > Professor Political Geography - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit
Research Institutions > Collaborative Research Centers, Research Unit > EXC 2052 - Africa Multiple: Afrikastudien neu gestalten
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 > Professor Political Geography
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 310 Statistics
300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications, transportation
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
900 History and geography
900 History and geography > 910 Geography, travel
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2021 21:00
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 07:18
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66065