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Conference paper Conference paper Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Go home or die here: violence, xenophobia and the reinvention of difference in South Africa
Editors:Hassim, ShireenISNI
Kupe, Tawana
Worby, EricISNI
Skuy, Alon
City of publisher:Johannesburg
Publisher:Wits University Press
Geographic term:South Africa
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Abstract:The xenophobic attacks that started in Alexandria, Johannesburg (South Africa) in May 2008 before quickly spreading around the country raised fundamental questions: Of what profound social malaise is xenophobia - and the violence it inspires - a symptom? Have South Africa's economic and political choices created new forms of exclusion that fuel anger and distrust? What consequences does the emergence of xenophobia hold for the idea of an equal, nonracial society? These issues were addressed during a colloquium at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of the Witwatersrand on 28 May 2008. The present volume, which emanates directly from the colloquium, offers critical analysis that helps make sense of the nuances and trajectories of building a democratic society out of a deeply divided and conflictual past. It includes extensive photographs by award-winning photographer Alon Skuy, who covered the violence for The Times newspaper. Contributors: Cathi Albertyn, David B. Coplan, Alex Eliseev, Stephen Gelb, Daryl Glaser, Pumla Dineo Gqola, Anton Harber, Shireen Hassim, Julia Hornberger, Tawana Kupe, Loren B. Landau, Rolf Maruping, Andile Mngxitama, Noor Nieftagodien, Devan Pillay, Melinda Silverman, Alon Skuy, Véronique Tadjo, Eric Worby, Tanya Zack. [ASC Leiden abstract]