Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Bennett, Jane en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Moll, Tessa en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-02T10:53:57Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-02T10:53:57Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Moll, T. 2010. Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14597
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract In context of increasing global migration and its correlation to heightened tensions around the meaning of a "foreign" body, this research questions the experiences of bodies crossing borders into the social and historical space of Cape Town, South Africa. Grounded in theories of surveillance, embodiment, and feminist geography of fear of crime, the study employed a feminist methodology using qualitative group interviews with international students from the Southern African Development Community at the University of Cape Town. The transcribed data was analysed through the participants' use of discourses and their descriptions of experiences. Questions arose around the meaning of surveillance and notions of respectability in transition. Furthermore, participants navigate amid new spaces of fear and insecurity in relation to their subjectivities, particularly as "foreigners". The research suggests that fear becomes a fundamental attribute of bodies in migration through which individuals mitigate through "passing" subverting expressions of embodied nationalities, knowledge gathering of the local terrain, among others. The challenges and techniques to overcome these fears become part of a process to re-establish the "self" in a foreign context. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Gender Studies en_ZA
dc.subject.other Migration en_ZA
dc.subject.other Surveillance en_ZA
dc.title Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Gender Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Moll, T. (2010). <i>Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14597 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Moll, Tessa. <i>"Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies, 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14597 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Moll T. Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Gender Studies, 2010 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14597 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Moll, Tessa AB - In context of increasing global migration and its correlation to heightened tensions around the meaning of a "foreign" body, this research questions the experiences of bodies crossing borders into the social and historical space of Cape Town, South Africa. Grounded in theories of surveillance, embodiment, and feminist geography of fear of crime, the study employed a feminist methodology using qualitative group interviews with international students from the Southern African Development Community at the University of Cape Town. The transcribed data was analysed through the participants' use of discourses and their descriptions of experiences. Questions arose around the meaning of surveillance and notions of respectability in transition. Furthermore, participants navigate amid new spaces of fear and insecurity in relation to their subjectivities, particularly as "foreigners". The research suggests that fear becomes a fundamental attribute of bodies in migration through which individuals mitigate through "passing" subverting expressions of embodied nationalities, knowledge gathering of the local terrain, among others. The challenges and techniques to overcome these fears become part of a process to re-establish the "self" in a foreign context. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 T1 - Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town TI - Bodies across borders : embodiment and experiences of migration for southern African international students at the University of Cape Town UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14597 ER - en_ZA


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