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Mixed Embeddedness and Nigerian Immigrants’ Informal Entrepreneurship in Ghana (awarded 2017)

Author: Thomas Antwi Bosiakoh

This thesis on entrepreneurship of Nigerian immigrants in Ghana, is positioned at the intersection of mixed embeddedness as an explanatory framework for migration and the formation of immigrant entrepreneurship in a developing country context. Leaning on the constructivist epistemology with the empirical base anchored in in-depth interviews and observation data from Accra, the capital of Ghana, Kumasi, the second largest city after Accra, and Ashaiman, a sprawling sub-urban settlement, it argues that the formation of immigrant entrepreneurship can be researched as a form of mixed embeddedness. Moreover, since most research on immigrant entrepreneurship and mixed embeddedness focus on advanced western societies and less reflective of the actualities in developing country contexts, it demonstrates that Nigerian immigrant entrepreneurship in Ghana can be used to understand mixed embeddedness and extend it along the lines of borderlands and transnationalism.

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Engaging with diversity through sport in a super-diverse neighbourhood

Multiculturalism and the management of diversity are of growing personal and political importance due to changing demographic urban settings. This ethnographic research explores how neighbourhood residents engage with ethnic and cultural diversity through sport participation. Following an everyday multiculturalism approach, I explore how everyday face-to-face interactions form the basis for identity construction and experiences of (local) belonging. Sport is a key public social context that has immense social and cultural importance in modern times. Neighbourhoods provide excellent settings to study inter-ethnic encounters and makes it possible to fully capture urban super-diversity, as single sport clubs or sites can be quite homogenous. This research will take place in Footscray, a super-diverse western inner suburb of Melbourne. Participants’ experiences are examined through ethnographic methods combined with a micro-ethnographic approach using video-recording and analysis. In my PhD-project, I connect geography (space making specifically) and social processes that will enable me to explore the role of sport as an institution and as an embodied activity in the formation of identities and the production of diversity discourses. This knowledge will identify ways to enhance social cohesion in highly diverse neighbourhoods.

By Jora Broerse
Victoria University, Melbourne
Supervisors: Prof. Ramón Spaaij and Dr. Brent McDonald

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