Diversities Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011 • Female Migration Outcomes

Social Change and Female Involvement: Sinthiane’s Associations At Home and Abroad
by Georgia Barbara Jettinger

Female Migration Outcomes: Human Rights Perspectives
Diversities Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011, pp. 35-48

Full article
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.
About the author(s)
Georgia Barbara Jettinger is currently working for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Chad, having gained 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.