Research

Pamela’s research interests fall into four main areas:

i. The household moral economy, gender, the politics of difference, local citizenship, trust and entrustment, West African regional migration and agrarian relations.

Pamela’s monograph, Land, Labour and Entrustment: West African Female Farmers and the Politics of Difference (Brill, African Social Studies Series, 2010) provides an ethnographc study of Gambian and Senegalese female farmers and agrarian patron client relations within a changing Gambian agrarian political economy.

ii. Gambian female asylum seekers in the U.K. A British Academy funded pilot project focused on the experiences of Gambian female asylum seekers in the UK asylum claims process.

iii. Migration, transnational sociality and kinship relations, youth, visual and material culture, West African migrants in the U.K.; vernacular photography in transnational communities.

Rockefeller funded research on West African migrants in the U.K. who send their children back to West Africa for education and care focuses on the ways in which they maintain kinship ties, emotional connection and intimacy through the use of technology, the exchange of photographs, as well as other valued objects. 

iv.  West Africans and the African diaspora, mobility, youth, feminist theory, decoloniality,  transnational networks and subjectivities, material and symbolic flows and exchanges between West Africa and elsewhere, transnational home-making, the cultural politics of visual representation, the construction of self and emotional well-being.  

Pamela's current research focuses on second and third generation British youth of West African origin who choose to move from the U.K. to West Africa within a context of shifting global and local political economies; the role of mobility in fulfilling aspirations and imagined futures;  transnational feminist and diasporic subjectivites, the politics of dissent, decolonial / postcolonial critique and photography; and the way visual arts are used in defining communities, relatedness and transnational subjectivities. How, within this context, do material and visual culture influence the cultural and political concerns of a particular period?

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Books

Land, Labour and Entrustment: West African Female Farmers and the Politics of Difference (Brill 2010). 

Book Chapters

2016  'Photography and Technologies of Care: Migrants in Britain and their Children in The Gambia'. In Jennifer Cole and Christian Groes (eds) Affective Circuits: African Migration to Europe and the Pursuit of Social Regeneration. University of Chicago Press. 

Journal Articles


2017  'Challenging Global Geographies of Power and Cultivating Good Subjects: Sending Children back from the U.K. to Nigeria for Education', forthcoming Comparative Studies in Society and History

2017 ' Photography, Care and the Visual Economy of Gambian Transatlantic Kinship Relations'.  Journal of Material Culture.

 (2013) Producing Victim Identities: Female Genital Cutting and the Politics of Asylum Claims in the United Kingdom. Identities, 20 (1). pp. 96-113. ISSN 1070-289X

 (2013) 'The complexity of an enduring relationship': gender, generation and the moral economy of the Gambian Mandinka household. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19 (1). pp. 102-119. ISSN 1467-9655

 (2012) Becoming Local Citizens: Senegalese Female Migrants and Agrarian Clientelism in The Gambia. African Studies Quarterly, 13 (3). pp. 1-21. ISSN 2152-2448

 (2007) Girl Farm Labour and Double-shift Schooling in The Gambia: the Paradox of Development Intervention. Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des Etudes Africaines. 41 (2): 258-288.

 (2004) Maintaining Difference and Managing Change: Female agrarian clientelist relations in a Gambian Community. Africa, 74 (3). pp. 361-382. ISSN 0001-9720