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Va-et-vient et circulation : la contemporanéité des travaux de Jean Rouch sur les migrations sahéliennes

Abstract : The work of Jean Jean Rouch’s work on African migrations is little known, although the theme is present both in his written works and his films. The timespan over which these were produced (the 1950s) and the approach to migration developed by Rouch mean that they appear to be precursors. The purpose of this article is to show how Rouch’s work on migrations, through its approach to migration and its description and defence of the practices of coming and going, today seems to convey a political position based on its scientific and artistic approach. He traces the routes of seasonal migrants from the Niger River valley to Kumasi and Accra, drawing on two forms of discourses. The first, which is very stan-dardised, reports studies carried out with these migrants in Accra between 1953 and 1955. The second gives an image of migration marked by an epic dimension. The mingling of these two discourses sheds light on the Sahelian migratory pattern, which was then in the process of stabilizing.
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Florence Boyer. Va-et-vient et circulation : la contemporanéité des travaux de Jean Rouch sur les migrations sahéliennes. Journal des Africanistes, Société des Africanistes, 2017, 87 (1-2). ⟨ird-03695248⟩

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