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

by Georgia Barbara Jettinger (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Chad)

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In this article I investigate 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, I argue 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.
My 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. (2011). Social Change and Female Involvement: Sinthiane’s Associations At Home and Abroad. Diversities, 13(1), 35-48. Retrieved [todaysdate] from https://newdiversities.mmg.mpg.de/?page_id=2090
Diversities • Volume 13, No. 1, 2011
Female Migration Outcomes: Human Rights Perspectives
Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Amber French
ISSN-Print 2199-8108
ISSN-Internet 2199-8116