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From 'foreign natives' to 'native foreigners' : explaining xenophobia in post-apartheid South Africa : citizenship and nationalism, identity and politics

Author: M Neocosmos
Publisher: Dakar, Senegal : CODESRIA, ©2010.
Series: Codesria book series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English : [2nd ed.]View all editions and formats
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"The events of May 2008 in which 62 people were killed simply for being 'foreign' and thousands were turned overnight into refugees shook the South African nation. This book is the first to attempt a comprehensive and rigorous explanation for those horrific events. It argues that xenophobia should be understood as a political discourse and practice. As such its historical development as well as the conditions of its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Neocosmos
ISBN: 9782869783072 2869783078
OCLC Number: 642828513
Description: xiv, 172 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Accounting for Xenophobia in post- Apartheid South Africa --
2. The Apartheid state and migration to South Africa: From rural labour to urban revolt --
3. The construction of a post- Apartheid nationalist discourse of exclusion: Citizenship, state, national identity and xenophobia --
4. Conclusion: Theory and political agency.
Series Title: Codesria book series.
Responsibility: Michael Neocosmos.

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"The events of May 2008 in which 62 people were killed simply for being 'foreign' and thousands were turned overnight into refugees shook the South African nation. This book is the first to attempt a comprehensive and rigorous explanation for those horrific events. It argues that xenophobia should be understood as a political discourse and practice. As such its historical development as well as the conditions of its existence must be elucidated in terms of the practices and prescriptions which structure the field of politics. In South Africa, the history of xenophobia is intimately connected to the manner in which citizenship has been conceived and fought over during the past fifty years at least ..."--Back cover.

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