Van Velsen, J.. Labour migration as a positive factor in the continuity of Tonga tribal society

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Title: Labour migration as a positive factor in the continuity of Tonga tribal society

Published in: Social change in modern Africa: studies presented and discussed at the First International African Seminar, Makerere College, Kampala, January 1959, edited by Aidan Southall

Published By: Social change in modern Africa: studies presented and discussed at the First International African Seminar, Makerere College, Kampala, January 1959, edited by Aidan Southall London ; New York: Published for the International African Institute by Oxford University Press, 1961. 230-241 p.

By line: J. van Velsen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2001. Computer File

Culture: Lakeshore Tonga (FR07)

Subjects: External migration (167); Foreign exchange (457); Labor supply and employment (464); Community heads (622);

Abstract: In this paper, van Velsen discusses how Tonga migrant laborers continue to maintain ties to their original villages, even though they may be away for years at a time. Few Tonga men take their wives and families to urban centers abroad, because the conditions are not suitable. They support their families back home with remittances and continue to hold interest in local politics, as all men aspire one day to be a chief.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: fr07-005

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 241)

Field Date: 1952-1955

Evaluation: Ethnographer-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard;1999

Coverage Date: 1952-1955

Coverage Place: Nkhata Bay District, Northern Province, Malawi

LCSH: Ethnology--Malawi

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