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African Immigrant Traders in Inner City Johannesburg

Deconstructing the Threatening ‘Other’

Authors: Moyo, Inocent

  • Introduces the historical and contemporary processes of migration and immigration that tend to result in negative perceptions of immigrantsProvides a profile of African immigrant traders in urban Johannesburg, by showing that the majority came to South Africa for economic reasons
  • Highlights the complex nature of the issue of the threatening other as it relates to African immigrants
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This book contests the negative portrayal of African immigrants as people who are not valuable members of South African society. They are often perceived as a threat to South Africa and its patrimony, accused of committing crime, taking jobs and competing for resources with South African citizens. Unique in its deployment of a deconstructionist theoretical and analytical framework, this work argues that this is a simplistic portrayal of a complex reality. Inocent Moyo lays bare, not only the failings of an exclusivist narrative of belonging, but also a complex social reality around migration and immigration politics, belonging and exclusion in contemporary South Africa. Over seven chapters he introduces new perspectives on the negative portrayal of African immigrants and argues that to sustain a negative view of them as the ‘threatening other’ ignores complex people-place-space dynamics. For these reasons, the analytical, empirical and theoretical value of the project is that it broadens the study of migration related contexts in a South African setting. Academics, students, policy makers and activists focusing on the migration and immigration debate will find this book invaluable.

About the authors

Dr Inocent Moyo is a lecturer for the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Zululand, South Africa.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Framing of African Immigrants as the Problematic Aliens

    Moyo, Inocent

    Pages 1-12

  • Migration Context and Contestations

    Moyo, Inocent

    Pages 13-39

  • Global Contexts, African Immigrants, Traders and the Johannesburg Inner City Milieu

    Moyo, Inocent

    Pages 41-71

  • Historical Perspectives on Migration and the Xenophobia Discourse

    Moyo, Inocent

    Pages 73-95

  • African Immigrant Traders in Johannesburg Inner City

    Moyo, Inocent

    Pages 97-119

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57144-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57143-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Immigrant Traders in Inner City Johannesburg
Book Subtitle
Deconstructing the Threatening ‘Other’
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57144-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57144-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57143-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 196
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations
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