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Migration and National Identity in South Africa, 1860–2010

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  • Date Published: July 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107515239


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  • An extraordinary outbreak of xenophobic violence in May 2008 shocked South Africa, but hostility toward newcomers has a long history. Democratization has channeled such discontent into a non-racial nationalism that specifically targets foreign Africans as a threat to prosperity. Finding suitable governmental and societal responses requires a better understanding of the complex legacies of segregation that underpin current immigration policies and practices. Unfortunately, conventional wisdoms of path dependency promote excessive fatalism and ignore how much South Africa is a typical settler state. A century ago, its policy makers shared innovative ideas with Australia and Canada, and these peers, which now openly wrestle with their own racist past, merit renewed attention. As unpalatable as the comparison might be to contemporary advocates of multiculturalism, rethinking restrictions in South Africa can also offer lessons for reconciling competing claims of indigeneity through multiple levels of representation and rights.

    • A unique comparative and historical perspective on migration in settler states
    • The only holistic, cross-race and cross-class analysis of South African immigration history
    • Policy-relevant implications, informed by a cutting-edge conceptual framework
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    • Honourable Mention, 2015 Francesco Guicciardini Prize, Historical International Relations Section (HIST), International Studies Association

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107515239
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Historiographies of migration
    2. Asians and the ambiguity of imperial subjecthood
    3. Apartheid and the dilemma of African citizenship
    4. Refugees and the post-apartheid paradox of rights
    5. The end of exceptionalism.

  • Author

    Audie Klotz, Syracuse University, New York
    Audie Klotz is Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She received her PhD from Cornell University, and has taught at Haverford College, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Stellenbosch University. Her first book, Norms in International Relations: The Struggle against Apartheid (1995), won the Furniss Prize in security studies. Her co-authored book, Research Strategies for Constructivist International Relations (2007), has been translated into Korean (2011). She is the co-editor of How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (1999) and Qualitative Methods in International Relations (2008). Funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation through the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright program, her work has also appeared in top-ranked journals such as International Organization, Review of International Studies, and the European Journal of International Relations. She co-edits the book series Palgrave Studies in International Relations.


    • Honourable Mention, 2015 Francesco Guicciardini Prize, Historical International Relations Section (HIST), International Studies Association

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