Research

  • Global Economics (Restructuring),  Immigration Policies (Canada, U.S.A., EU), Transnational Spaces & Professional Advancement of Transnational Citizens/Mobiles:
    This research looks at global economy by exploring the interconnectedness of development in different parts of the world and their direct correlation to international migration. It also considers the dialectical relationship between migration and immigration policies - as dynamic and productive processes. The research approaches migration as a collective decision, born out of the need to restructure socially, economically, politically, and it impacts on the whole family, society and states of both sending and receiving regions. It explores how immigrants create trans-national/cultural spaces, transform those spaces with migrant activities and how the transformative force of those spaces impact on their life styles and in turn dictate new directions. Family structures, Gender relations, notions and definitions of “home”, sense of belonging, the nature of community and national affiliation, processes of identity formation have undergone significant modifications and reinventions in migratory processes. We give special attention to the “transnational citizen”, particularly the female, and try to differentiate between the transnational citizen and the “traditional im/migrant”.

    We examine the steady volcanic growth of tension between contributions to state developments, particularly, national and global economies on one hand and allocation of citizenship rights on the other hand. We also pay attention to how the system of global hierarchy of nations produces different bodies that transform national spaces along race, class and gender lines.

    Interviews with professional women from non-EU countries have helped to examine professional advancement of these immigrant women in the German labour market as well as in transnational spaces, which they create through their activities and their diverse mobility. The research explores how the educational and professional activities of these women create and transform transnational spaces physically and symbolically in the states and communities involved, restructure transnational networks of exchange and participation, and how this transformation redefine migration, migrants, gender roles and play a key role in constructing new identities, shaping old ones, reinventing oneself, utilizing several global regions to organize their lives, families and professions, creating new goals, reshaping old ones, discarding pre-migration directions and plans and following new paths.

    Migration is understood as spatial mobility whereby the process is permanent or temporal, involving two or more national borders, however over the past decades diverse forms of migration have evolved to serve the needs of nation states as well as those of migrants, immigrants and “mobiles” themselves. Forms of mobility have evolved into a systematic repetition, into a permanent way of life. Mirjana Morokvasic (1992) described these Im/Migrants as “settling in mobility”.

    “Settling in mobility” is one of the most fascinating trajectories of migration and transnationalism, which has been going on in several regions around the globe for decades.

    We do not know exactly when this process evolved. This form of migration has been common between Mexico and the US, between West African countries, particularly between Nigeria and Ghana, Poland and Germany, as well as between the Southern African states. The unification of West and East Germany in 1989 and the disintegration of Communist Europe increased labour mobility, which partially settled into systematic repetition. In this process of labour movements we find many highly skilled workers, which Vertovec (2007) termed “Mobiles”. Their number at any particular period is not known, because methods of recording these flows is increasingly fraught with difficulty because national regulatory bodies have lost control over these flows, since many other actors, including MNCs, corporate companies, IT agencies, Actuarial Societies and many others are actively involved in determining the movement of skilled labour.

 

  • Human/Women’s Rights, Social Justice & Public Policies:
    This research project is about hegemonic structures of imagined national identities and elements of resistance. It is about ways national policies, decrees and laws in the past created social, political, and economic ramifications for risk groups in the society and how these groups negotiate their rights through social advocacy.

    Stratified by race and class, the modern city becomes the testing ground of survival of racialized power, control and abuse of human/women’s rights: The paranoia of losing power assumes the image of becoming Other, to be avoided like the plague. (D.T. Goldberg, 1993:200) The research project addresses the hegemonic structures of imagined national identities and elements of resistance. It is about ways national policies, laws and decrees construct racially pure citizens. Specifically it is about national policies, laws, and decrees that legalized racism and nationalism: under the German Nazi government (1933 - 1945) and the South African legal system of the former apartheid government (1909 - 1993). The research will also look into how current legislature and normative notions of citizenship, in Germany, South Africa , Canada and elsewhere, still draw from race purity ideologies. The research centers on three arguments, for one, that the underlying motivation of the translation of ideologies of racial purity into laws and decrees in Nazi Germany has continuity in the legislation of the Nationalist Party (Nats) in South Africa. Secondly, that the regulation of sexual morality was integral to the creation of the bourgeois subject in opposition to a racially deviant subject, which is embedded in power and wealth. Thirdly, that current legislation and normative notions of nation and citizenship rights in Germany, South Africa, Canada and beyond still draw from race purity ideologies, particularly in the areas of immigration and settlement, family, access to health services, public housing projects & spatial politics, access to education & labour, veto rights, property rights, business ownership, criminality & media representation in postmodern nation-states.

    This research project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Education & Socio-Economic Development:
    deploys a methodology that links sociology of development and underdevelopment, and sociology of education. The project offers a broad picture of general societal change in a postcolonial dependent society. It looks at the educational system as the decisive arena where autonomous social development would be obtained. The project was funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
  • Leadership and Cultural Competence Training (LCCT):
    explores, interrogates and offers training courses in Facilitative Leadership; Labour Management; Human Resources Performance Enhancement; Human/Women’s Rights and Global Partnerships for Governments, Educational Institutions and Women & Youth Groups.
  • Critical Sex Education as HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategy:
    is based on our analysis of teaching manuals on Psychosocial Life Skills and Population and Family Life Education - knowledge on sexuality, gender relations, and life skills. I approach this project as an academic political scientist, exploring new ways and politics to organize health services as they pertain to HIV/AIDS prevention. The project aims at producing teaching manuals that include political, social and sexual/gender relations information, as well as medical facts about HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, cure and living with the disease. It aims at helping in developing personal skills by strengthening capacities for behavior change models, working with risk groups, designing health communications and putting health promotion into primary care.

 

Minerva Consulting & Research

Prof. Rose Baaba Folson Ph.D.

 

"Success is not measured by the position one has acquired, but by the obstacles one has to overcome"
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

 

"Success proceeds meaningful management of time and energy.

Precision in goal determines the level of success"