May 2008 Violence Against Foreign Nationals in South Africa
Written by Dr. Jean Pierre Misago, Tamlyn Monson, Tara Polzer and Loren Landau this article contains empirical research in relation to the violence almost immediately, and has sought to illuminate different aspects of the violence – from identifying underlying causes and triggers to evaluating protection, humanitarian and justice interventions and responses during and after the crisis. This report brings together the outcomes of these various research endeavors to provide a comprehensive, easily accessible reference point about what has come to be called South Africa’s ‘xenophobic attacks.’
Tactical Cosmopolitanism and Idioms of Belonging: Insertion and Self-Exclusion in Johannesburg
This paper, written by Professor Loren Landau and Iriann Freemantle, contributes to the emerging literature on cosmopolitanism ‘from below’, conceptualized not as a philosophy but as a practice and form of experiential culture.
Loving the Alien? Citizenship, Law, and the Future in South Africa’s Demonic Society
This article written by Professor Loren Landau makes sense of the violence with reference to an extended history of South African statecraft that both induced the conflict and hamstrung efforts to address it.
Violence, Labour and the Displacement of Zimbabweans in De Doorns, Western Cape
Written by Dr. Jean Pierre Misago, this policy brief provides a summarised analysis of causal factors, police responses and solutions adopted and/or proposed in relation to violence.
Who to Blame and What’s to Gain? Reflections on Space, State, and Violence in Kenya and South Africa
In both countries, (Kenya and South Africa) the police’s inability or unwillingness to stem the violence raised the question of “who controls the streets?” Answering this question means addressing what contemporary ethnic and xenophobic violence says about the nature of African society and states, as well as the security of those ostensibly depending on them for protection. This article was written by Professor Loren Landau and Dr. Jean Pierre Misago.
Towards Tolerance, Law, and Dignity: Addressing Violence against Foreign Nationals in South Africa
In this report, Dr. Jean Pierre Misago, Professor Loren Landau and Tamlyn Monson present findings of a baseline study commissioned by IOM. Its main objective was to move beyond much of the existing work that focused largely on attitudes and perceptions.