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  • Thiel, Alena (forthcoming) (2020) "Biometric identification technologies and the Ghanaian ‘data revolution’." in Journal of Modern African Studies 58 (1).

Article or Chapter

  • Giese, Karsten, Laurence Marfaing, and Alena Thiel (2019) "Introduction: From Rejection to Social Change" in Chinese and African Entrepreneurs. Social Impacts of Interpersonal Encounters, 1-18 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing. Leiden: Brill.

Article or Chapter

  • Thiel, Alena and Jan Beek (2018) "Orders of Trade: Regulating Accra’s Makola Market." in Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 49 (1):34-53
  • Thiel, Alena (2018) "Cheat Me in the Price, but Not in the Goods’: Negotiating Imaginaries of Authenticity in Accra’s China Trade." in Chinese and African Entrepreneurs. Social Impacts of Interpersonal Encounters, 253-272 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing. Leiden: Brill.

Article or Chapter

  • Thiel, Alena (2017) "Entangled temporalities: Ghana's national biometric identity registration project." in Anthropology Today 33 (1):3-5
  • Marfaing, Laurence, and Alena Thiel (2017) "African entrepreneurs in China: true actors of globalization." in Mobility between Africa, Asia and Latin America: Economic Networks and Cultural Interactions, 200-219 , edited by Ute Röschenthaler and Alessandro Jedlowski. London: Zed Books.

Article or Chapter

  • Thiel, Alena and Michael Stasik (2015) "Market men and station women: changing significations of gendered space in Accra, Ghana." in Journal of Contemporary African Studies 34 (4):459-478.
  • Marfaing, Laurence, Karsten Giese and Alena Thiel (2015) "Introduction. Du rejet des autres à leur implication dans les dynamiques de changement social." in Entrepreneurs africains et chinois. Les impacts sociaux d’une rencontre particulière, 7-29 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing. Paris: Karthala
  • Giese, Karsten and Alena Thiel (2015) "Chinese factor in the space, place and agency of female head porters in urban Ghana." in Social and Cultural Geography 16 (4):444-464.
  • Giese, Karsten, and Alena Thiel (2015) "The silent majority – the psychological contract in Chinese-Ghanaian labor relations." in International Journal of Human Resource Management 26 (14):1807-1826.
  • Marfaing, Laurence, and Alena Thiel (2015) "Networks, spheres of influence and the mediation of opportunity: the case of West African trade agents in China." in The Journal of Pan African Studies 7 (10):65-84 , edited by Adams Bodomo (Special Issue: “Africans in China: Guangzhou and Beyond”).

Article or Chapter

  • Marfaing, Laurence, and Alena Thiel (2014) "Demystifying Chinese business strength in urban Senegal and Ghana: structural change and the performativity of rumors." in Canadian Journal of African Studies 47 (3):405-423.
  • Thiel, Alena (2014) "Imaginaires d’authenticité et leurs négociations dans le marché de marchandises de Chine à Accra." in Entrepreneurs africains et chinois. Les impacts sociaux d’une rencontre particulière, 345-370 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing. Paris: Karthala.

Article or Chapter

  • Marfaing, Laurence and Alena Thiel (2013) "The Impact of Chinese Business on Market Entry in Ghana and Senegal." in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 83 (4):646-669.
  • Marfaing, Laurence, and Alena Thiel (2013) "Petits commerçants chinois en Afrique et saturation des marchés ouest-africains : déconstruction d’une rumeur (Dakar-Accra)." in Migrations & Sociétés 25 (149): 137-158.

Article or Chapter

  • Giese, Karsten and Alena Thiel (2012) "The vulnerable other ‐ distorted equity in Chinese‐Ghanaian employment relations." in Ethnic and Racial Studies 37 (6):1101‐1120.