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Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa. Notes Bibliography Index. Sprache: Englisch.
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Titel: Insiders and Outsiders
Autor/en: Francis B. Nyamnjoh

ISBN: 1842776770
EAN: 9781842776773
Citizenship and Xenophobia in Contemporary Southern Africa.
Notes Bibliography Index.
Sprache: Englisch.
Zed Books Ltd

25. Januar 2006 - kartoniert - 288 Seiten


This study of xenophobia and how it both exploits and excludes is an incisive commentary on a globalizing world and its consequences for ordinary people's lives. Using the examples of Sub-Saharan Africa's two most economically successful nations, it meticulously documents the fate of immigrants and the new politics of insiders and outsiders. As globalization becomes a palpable reality, citizenship, sociality and belonging are subjected to stresses to which few societies have devised a civil response beyond yet more controls.


Introduction: Globalisation, Mobility, Citizenship and Xenophobia in Southern Africa Paradoxes of Globalisation Citizenship and Mobility in South Africa Citizenship and Mobility in Botswana Gender, Domesticity, Citizenship and Mobility in Southern Africa Beyond Boundaries
Chapter 1: Mobility, Citizenship and Xenophobia in South Africa Attitudes towards Makwerekwere in South Africa Makwerekwere as Fiction Makwerekwere and the Excesses of Citizenship Ama-Ndiya: Indians as Makwerekwere with Citizenship South African Media and the Narrow Focus on Makwerekwere Mobile Africa: Brain Drains and Brain Gains Even the Makwerekwere Think of Home
Chapter 2: Citizenship, Mobility and Xenophobia in Botswana Introduction Citizenship and Belonging in Botswana Press and Ethnicity: BaKalanga as Makwerekwere with Citizenship Changing Attitudes Towards Foreigners in Botswana Implications for Democracy and Citizenship
Chapter 3: Gender, Domesticity, Mobility and Citizenship Introduction Theorizing Domesticity in Africa Madams and Maids as Citizens and Subjects in Apartheid South Africa Global Trends in the Consumption of Maids Legal Status and State Protection of Maids Globalisation and the Exacerbation of Servitude among Foreign Maids
Chapter 4: Maids, Mobility and Citizenship in Botswana Introduction A Note on Methodology Situating Maids in Botswana Uncertainties of Being a Maid Work and Pay Living Conditions and Relationships with Employers Attitudes of Employers towards Maids Compounded Uncertainties of Zimbabwean Maids Zimbabwean maids and Batswana Employers Zimbabwean Maids and Foreigner Employers
Chapter 5: Madams and Maids: Coping with Domination and Dehumanisation Introduction Turning the Tables of Exploitation Round Maids, Employers and the Struggle against Uncertainties in Botswana Maids and Madams: The Need to Question Intra-Gender Hierarchies
Chapter 6: Conclusion: Requiem for Bounded Citizenship Mobility and Belonging Ills of Bounded Citizenship Challenge to Scholarship Investing in Flexible Citizenship References


Francis B Nyamnjoh has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon, Botswana and South Africa. He has published widely on globalisation, citizenship and the politics of identity in Africa, including: Negotiating an Anglophone Identity (Brill, 2003), Rights and the Politics of Recognition in Africa (Zed Books, 2004), Africa's Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging (Zed Books, 2005).


'A remarkable study... Among the many significant theoretical and empirical contributions that Nyamnjoh makes in this study, perhaps most incisive is the intensity with which Africa is incorporated into the consumption practices of global capitalism in that no object, territory or experience is beyond being a locus of often fierce struggle over their disposition and use.' - Professor AbdouMaliq Simone, author For the City Yet to Come: Changing Urban Life in Africa (Duke University Press, 2004). 'By an ethnographic focus on South Africa and Botswana, this book elegantly and convincingly illustrates the ills of bounded citizenship of the nation-state. Whether it is the Makwerekwere or the foreign maids, it shows how certain groups based upon race, ethnicity, gender, class and geography have been systematically constituted as strangers, outsiders and aliens of the nation-state. It shows how modernization as westernization involves using nation-state regimes as the primary juridico-political means by which old inequalities are sustained and entrenched and new inequalities are produced and reproduced. It is a lucidly written book with a purpose and passion. It should be read by all those concerned with modern citizenship and inequalities it institutes.' - Engin F. Isin, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Division of Social Science, York University, Toronto, and author of 'Being Political' 'Labour migration has been a major feature of southern African history for over a century. Yet in the last couple of decades, patterns of mobility in the subcontinent have changed radically. Francis Nyamnjoh's innovative and absorbing text illustrates the new forces driving mobility, their politics and their consequences. He brings a freshness of vision, and a global perspective to the problems. He writes with sharp insight on domestic servants, refugees, on xenophobia and inclusion. This book will be a high priority/must read for anyone interested in regional labour markets, in regional politics, and in changing identities.' - William Beinart, Professor of Race Relations, St Antony's College, University of Oxford

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