Of scientific fraud and its consequences…

In 2011, Diederik Stapel, a bright social psychologist at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, was suspended for fabricating data on a study that brought him much praise. At the Guardian, Stephen Buranyi profiles the team of researchers from the university’s psychology department, Chris Hartgerink and Marcel van Assen, who have since focused their research on … More Of scientific fraud and its consequences…

Cameroon Alert !?

As a Cameroonian, I feel very much concern about the recent (ongoing) situation within the country. Far from behind a mere social and political unrest, there is much greater complexity to this situation. I believe that potential solutions could only derive from a deeper understanding of our (post)colonial history … Excerpt from the blog Counter Voices in Africa : … More Cameroon Alert !?

Transnational Migration

In their article “Africa <> Europe: A Double Engagement”, Ralph Grillo and Valentina Mazzucato bring a contribution to the literature about contemporary migration of Sub-Saharan Africans as migrants or refugees in Europe with a focus on the various aspects of the continuous and simultaneous relationships these migrants keep with people at their places of origin, … More Transnational Migration

Reflections on the notion of Habitus in Bourdieu’s work

While completing my third semester of the Erasmus Mundus MSc programme at Wageningen University in 2010, I came across one of the most fascinating concepts to grasp I have encountered during the course ‘Sociological theories of rural transformation’ – the habitus. I would like to share with you my basic reflection on this notion, as … More Reflections on the notion of Habitus in Bourdieu’s work

The nexus social capital – rural community development

In their article titled “Networking: Social Capital and Identities in European Rural Development”, Lee et al. (2005) check out the roles that social capital and identity play in rural development and the relationships between these two concepts in the contemporary Europe. This paper resumes the research findings of an EU project that was realized in … More The nexus social capital – rural community development

The importance of continued social relations in conceptualizing migration

Conventionally, migration is defined as a “change of usual residence of sufficient distance and duration to disrupt everyday social relationships” (Brown 2009:21). This definition limits the migration phenomenon only to a collective or individual shift from one place to another at a given time. Nevertheless, in his examination of the determinants and effects of migration … More The importance of continued social relations in conceptualizing migration

Coffee production and cooperative movements – Case studies in Africa and Latin America

The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) defines cooperatives as “autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprises“. For many years, cooperatives have operated as economic enterprises and as self-help organizations playing  a meaningful role in uplifting the social economic conditions of their … More Coffee production and cooperative movements – Case studies in Africa and Latin America

Women’s access to land in Africa

Empirical evidence reveals that more attention should be put on gender inequalities in access to control over land. As in most Sub-Saharan African countries, the case study of Zambia reveals that traditional customs and norms which constitute the basement of its rural and urban societies strongly shape and determine the rights of men and women on land, as well … More Women’s access to land in Africa