Im/Mobility: Homeland, Identity and Well being Amongst the Beni-Amer in Eritrea-Sudan and Diaspora, a 2017 PhD Thesis at the University of Leicester, by Saeid Hmmed
إمكانية التنقل :الوطن والهوية والرفاهية في أوساط البني عامر في إريتريا والسودان والشتات
رسالة دكتورة بقلم سعيد همد 2017
This thesis focuses on how mobility, identity, conceptions of homeland and wellbeing have been transformed across time and space amongst the Beni-Amer. Beni-Amer pastoralist societies inhabit western Eritrea and eastern Sudan; their livelihoods are intimately connected to livestock. Their cultural identities, norms and values, and their indigenous knowledge, have revolved around pastoralism. Since the 1950s the Beni-Amer have undergone rapid and profound socio-political and geographic change. In the 1950s the tribe left most of their ancestral homeland and migrated to Sudan; many now live in diasporas in Western and Middle Eastern countries. Their mobility, and conceptions of homeland, identity and wellbeing are complex, mutually constitutive and cannot be easily untangled. The presence or absence, alteration or limitation of one of these concepts affects the others. Qualitatively designed and thematically analysed, this study focuses on the multiple temporalities and spatialities of Beni-Amer societies.