Social Change and Female Involvement: Sinthiane’s Associations At Home and Abroad

Georgia Barbara Jettinger

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This article investigates the development and evolution of diaspora associations with a particular focus on female (migrant) associations by using a case study of a Senegalese village community (Sinthiane) at home and away from home, in France. Focusing on women’s collective engagement, it argues that female involvement in diaspora associations and associational development are better understood by taking into account social and political change in the sending location. The argument is built on a gendered analysis of diaspora development engagement, focusing on the role of NGOs and policy programmes in the sending location and daily associational life in Sinthiane and France. The analysis is based on 17 months of ethnographic fieldwork mainly in the suburbs of Paris, and in Senegal, in Dakar and in Sinthiane, a village in the north-east of the country.

Suggested bibliographic reference for this article:

Jettinger, G. B. Social Change and Female Involvement: Sinthiane’s Associations at Home and Abroad. Diversities. 2011, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 35-48, UNESCO. ISSN 2079-6595.

About the author:

Georgia Barbara Jettinger is currently working for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Chad, having earned her Ph.D. at the School of Geography and the Environment from Oxford University in January 2010. Her main research interests are migration between Africa and Europe, development and gender and the intersections between these issues.

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