Event Title

Paper Truths and Ersatz Lives: Authenticity and Fakery in an African Transnational Visa Economy

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“The subject of my presentation is the Nigerian transnational visa economy. This is the motley collection of practices, private and institutional actors, institutions and state and para-state agents involved in the production of alternative/official travel documentation for clients who hail from Nigeria. As a contribution to the scholarship on ‘globalization from below’, I demonstrate how those who work within this economy become participants in the transnational process by producing agents who eventually become transnational migrants. Furthermore, I situate the workings of the visa economy within a larger economy of falsification. I argue that the ‘visa economy’ is a fallout of a combination of factors: the dis-embedding of the state from ordinary people’s lives, the freeze in social mobility as a result of mass unemployment, and the ‘appetite for Elsewhere’ partly fostered by the scarcity of opportunities for material reproduction and professional enhancement.”

About the Lecturer: Ebenezer Obadare, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas

Document Type

Event

Start Date

23-10-2013 12:00 PM

End Date

23-10-2013 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Nigerian transnational visa economy, Transnational migrants

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Language

English

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Oct 23rd, 12:00 PM Oct 23rd, 1:15 PM

Paper Truths and Ersatz Lives: Authenticity and Fakery in an African Transnational Visa Economy

Fairhaven College Auditorium

“The subject of my presentation is the Nigerian transnational visa economy. This is the motley collection of practices, private and institutional actors, institutions and state and para-state agents involved in the production of alternative/official travel documentation for clients who hail from Nigeria. As a contribution to the scholarship on ‘globalization from below’, I demonstrate how those who work within this economy become participants in the transnational process by producing agents who eventually become transnational migrants. Furthermore, I situate the workings of the visa economy within a larger economy of falsification. I argue that the ‘visa economy’ is a fallout of a combination of factors: the dis-embedding of the state from ordinary people’s lives, the freeze in social mobility as a result of mass unemployment, and the ‘appetite for Elsewhere’ partly fostered by the scarcity of opportunities for material reproduction and professional enhancement.”

About the Lecturer: Ebenezer Obadare, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas