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Author Neocosmos, Michael
Title From 'Foreign Natives' to 'Native Foreigners' : Explaining Xenophobia in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Imprint Dakar : CODESRIA (Conseil pour le Developpement de la Recherche Economique et Sociale en Afrique), 2004
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Note Front Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Preface -- Chapter One - Introduction: Accounting for Xenophobia in Post-apartheid South Africa -- Chapter Two - The Apartheid State and Migraion to South Africa: From Rural Migrant Labour to Urban Revolt -- Chapter Three - The Construction of a Post-apartheid Nationalist Discourse of Exclusion: Citizenship, State, National Identity and Xenophobia -- Chapter Four - Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- List of Interviews -- Back Cover
Xenophobia is a political discourse. As such, its historical development as well as the conditions of its existence must be elucidated in terms of the practices and prescriptions that structure the field of politics. In South Africa, its history is connected to the manner citizenship has been conceived and fought over during the past fifty years at least. Migrant labour was de-nationalised by the apartheid state, while African nationalism saw it as the very foundation of that oppressive system. However, only those who could show a family connection with the colonial/apartheid formation of South Africa could claim citizenship at liberation. Others were excluded and seen as unjustified claimants to national resources. Xenophobia's current conditions of existence are to be found in the politics of a post-apartheid nationalism were state prescriptions founded on indigeneity have been allowed to dominate uncontested in condition of passive citizenship. The de-politicisation of a population, which had been able to assert its agency during the 1980s, through a discourse of 'human rights' in particular, has contributed to this passivity. State liberal politics have remained largely unchallenged. As in other cases of post-colonial transition in Africa, the hegemony of xenophobic discourse, the book shows, is to be sought in the character of the state consensus. Only a rethinking of citizenship as an active political identity can re-institute political agency and hence begin to provide alternative prescriptions to the political consensus of state-induced exclusion
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Neocosmos, Michael From 'Foreign Natives' to 'Native Foreigners' : Explaining Xenophobia in Post-Apartheid South Africa Dakar : CODESRIA (Conseil pour le Developpement de la Recherche Economique et Sociale en Afrique),c2004 9782869782006
Subject Xenophobia -- South Africa.;Marginality, Social -- South Africa.;Citizenship -- South Africa.;Nationalism -- South Africa.;Xenophobia -- Africa, Southern.;Marginality, Social -- Africa, Southern.;Citizenship -- Africa, Southern
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