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  • Tactical Cosmopolitanism and Idioms of Belonging: Insertion and Self-Exclusion in Johannesburg

    This paper written by Loren B. Landau & 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 Loren B. 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. It is further discussed that political leaders now face a dilemma of extending legal identities and constitutionally promised protections to outsiders and other foreigners risks being seen as betraying the national project by the demonic and visibly violent society they have helped create.

  • Violence, Labour and the Displacement of Zimbabweans in De Doorns, Western Cape

    Written by Jean Pierre Misago, This policy brief provides a summarized analysis of causal factors, police responses and solutions adopted and/or proposed in relation to this violence. 1 For assessments of the humanitarian support provided to the displaced. .2 Our research suggests that many current analyses miss critical causal factors behind the violence and that proposed responses and solutions may be neither appropriate nor durable. Beyond helping to find immediate solutions, this report suggests that the De Doorns violence has broader significance in terms of national patterns of violence against foreign nationals.

  • Who to Blame and What’s to Gain? Reflections on Space, State, and Violence in Kenya and South Africa

    In both countries, 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.Written by Landau, Loren B., and Jean Pierre Misago

  • Towards Tolerance, Law, and Dignity: Addressing Violence against Foreign Nationals in South Africa

    In this report Jean Pierre Misago with Loren B. Landau and Tamlyn Monson reveal that the adage that ‘all politics is local.’ Xenophobia, economic inequality, and a culture of violence are endemic to South Africa. However, it is the micro-politics of township life that turn these divides into resources and translates them into violence.

  • Humanitarian Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in South Africa: Lessons Learned Following Attacks on Foreign Nationals in May 2008

    Written by Vicki Igglesden, Tamlyn Monson and Tara Polzer, this report documents civil society’s and government’s humanitarian responses to the displacement of thousands of people in South Africa as a result of widespread attacks against foreigners in May 2008.