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  • Thiel, Alena (2020) "Biometric identification technologies and the Ghanaian ‘data revolution’." in Journal of Modern African Studies 58 (1): 115-136.

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

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  • 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 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing, 253-272. Leiden: Brill.
  • Thiel, Alena (2018) "Translating the Time of Capital: Travelling Ideas and Collective Claims-Making in Accra’s Makola Market." in Translation Revisited: Contesting the Sense of African Social Realities , edited by Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo, Mamadou Diawara and Elisio Macamo, 2-19. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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  • 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 , edited by Ute Röschenthaler and Alessandro Jedlowski, 200-219. London: Zed Books.

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  • 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 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing, 7-29. 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”).

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  • 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 , edited by Karsten Giese and Laurence Marfaing, 345-370. Paris: Karthala.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.