Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Frankental, Sally en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Ross, Fiona C en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Morreira, Shannon en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-30T13:45:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-30T13:45:38Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Morreira, S. 2009. Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8943
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 125-137). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This ethnographic study is concerned with the process of movement of Zimbabwean nationals to Cape Town, South Africa, that results in their categorisation by the South African state as "illegal immigrants." Based on fieldwork carried out in Harare and Cape Town in 2006 and 2007, it explores the effects of state-based categorisation of people within Zimbabwe on migration. The study argues that migrants had often been multiply displaced in Zimbabwe as a result of the political situation before crossing the border to South Africa. It explores the factors, both political and economic, that affected migrants’ decisions to move over great distances, and to move multiple times. Drawing on informants’ experiences both in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the study is further concerned with informants’ expectations of South Africa and the differing realities they encountered upon arrival. It considers informants’ experiences of crossing the border, exploring the anthropology of the borderlands to investigate the political economy of movement from Zimbabwe to South Africa. The study further argues that Zimbabwean migrants to South Africa draw upon localised discourses of human rights, based upon ideas of morality, in their expectations of welcome by the South African state. These expectations are found to be erroneous in that undocumented migrants’ notions of violation differ to those employed by the South African state. Whilst migrants assert that conditions of structural violence in Zimbabwe are serious enough to warrant asylum, the South African state considers these reasons to be less valid than those of physical political violence. Within the South African discourses around the Zimbabwean crisis, there are thus forms of suffering that are considered more valid than others. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.title Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa 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 Social Anthropology en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Morreira, S. (2009). <i>Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8943 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Morreira, Shannon. <i>"Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2009. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8943 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Morreira S. Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Social Anthropology, 2009 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8943 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Morreira, Shannon AB - This ethnographic study is concerned with the process of movement of Zimbabwean nationals to Cape Town, South Africa, that results in their categorisation by the South African state as "illegal immigrants." Based on fieldwork carried out in Harare and Cape Town in 2006 and 2007, it explores the effects of state-based categorisation of people within Zimbabwe on migration. The study argues that migrants had often been multiply displaced in Zimbabwe as a result of the political situation before crossing the border to South Africa. It explores the factors, both political and economic, that affected migrants’ decisions to move over great distances, and to move multiple times. Drawing on informants’ experiences both in Zimbabwe and South Africa, the study is further concerned with informants’ expectations of South Africa and the differing realities they encountered upon arrival. It considers informants’ experiences of crossing the border, exploring the anthropology of the borderlands to investigate the political economy of movement from Zimbabwe to South Africa. The study further argues that Zimbabwean migrants to South Africa draw upon localised discourses of human rights, based upon ideas of morality, in their expectations of welcome by the South African state. These expectations are found to be erroneous in that undocumented migrants’ notions of violation differ to those employed by the South African state. Whilst migrants assert that conditions of structural violence in Zimbabwe are serious enough to warrant asylum, the South African state considers these reasons to be less valid than those of physical political violence. Within the South African discourses around the Zimbabwean crisis, there are thus forms of suffering that are considered more valid than others. DA - 2009 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2009 T1 - Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa TI - Seeking solidarity : categorisation and the politics of alienism in the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8943 ER - en_ZA


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