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This front matter section of the book African Brain Circulation: Beyond the Drain-Gain Debate contains the table of contents. The decades-long heated brain-drain versus brain-gain debate that has been intense among scholars, government officials, and emigrants from the global South will likely become increasingly irrelevant. The brain-circulation thesis, unlike that of brain gain, emphasizes the contingent nature of the process. Emigrant talent from the South to the West can be either an overall brain drain or a brain gain, for it is totally dependent on the extent to which the complex of human, economic, and social capital of the new immigrants from the South is accumulated, the extent to which it is courted by leaders in the homeland in a strategically coordinated manner, and the extent to which there exists an enabling economic and political environment in the homeland for the capital to be put to productive use.

Keywords: African brain circulation; drain-gain debate



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