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Xenophobia
Diversity Literacy Week 10 / Lecture 2
Prepared by Claire Kelly
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Who,exactly,is a South African?(Comaroff&Comaroff, p. 650)
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Constructing “the self”
“Scripting” the national identity (AriSitas)“…language can be inflected tobrutaliseor achieve it’s inverse and open up possibilities…” (Gqola, p. 210)Thecontradictionsof the post-colonial state formation (Comaroff&Comaroff)Homogeneity as“national fantasy”Symbolic activity & mass-mediated ritual excess as “nation building”“…thesalience of autochthonyasnaturalisingallegory of collective being in the world”(Comaroff&Comaroff, p. 648)
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Constructing “the other”
“Why thisharrasmentof strangers? It’s not as if they are guilty of the rape, murder, hijacking and bank robberies that south Africans perpetrate on each other?”“…stories of ethnicities code tensions…” (ibid.)“…flora signify what politics struggle to name” > “…infrastructure of of popular consciousness under construction…” (Comaroff&Comaroff, p. 645.“the right kind of migrants” (ibid.)Thepersisting logics of race, xenophobia ornegrophobia? (ibid. &Gqola)
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“….there are throw away people. These are people who do not matter, whose humanity, once successfully misrecognised, renders them safe to violate.”(Gqola, p. 211)
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“Faces of the Enemy”
“Before we make war we make an idea of an enemy”Sam Keen
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Extra references
Sitas, A. (2010)TheMandela Decade 1990– 2000: Labour, Culture and Society in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Pretoria: UNISAPRESS & Brill. Imagined South Africa Book Series

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