African Brain Circulation (International Studies in by Patterson, R. (ed.), Rubin Patterson

By Patterson, R. (ed.), Rubin Patterson

Transnational society is a brand new box of research, simply as mind movement is a brand new improvement approach for the worldwide South. This booklet contributes to the starting to be scholarship on transnational society and mind move, hence highlighting the dynamic social practices already underway

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Most of the medicines and healing practices we know today came from observing the traditional herbal knowledge of indigenous peoples. Through promotion of ethnobotany (the study of the ethnic-based knowledge of uses of plants), African nations could be among the leading developers of new treatments and health-sustaining practices. Most significantly, when and if African people become truly aware of the wealth of natural products at their fingertips that they may cultivate, and have cultivated or gathered for centuries, then they will know that a high level of self-sufficiency and prosperity is possible.

7 However, only one African nation, Nigeria, figures among the top 30 sending nations (see Table 1 and Table 2). 4 percent of all immigrants. S. Department of Homeland Security 2005). Thus, approximately 14 percent of immigrants would predominantly have African heritage and form the pool of potential Pan-African adherents. In addition, a portion of the individuals, from South and Central America—particularly such nations as Belize and Guyana, and secondarily, Brazil or Columbia—identify with African heritage, and may identify, immediately or over time, with the Pan-African project.

Department of Commerce (2005). As a measure of the extensiveness of the transmigrant community, the number of permanent resident visas awarded to the nationals of the developing country over the previous 15-year period was used. 6 Since transnational processes are relatively recent (theorized significantly circa 1990), this should be a period when the effect of their presence would be visible. However, the precise amount of lag that is to be expected between the build-up of the transnational core community and the redirection of capital resources to the homeland is a matter for investigation.

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