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Title:Commodifying the female body: xenophobic violence in South Africa
Author:Nkealah, NaomiISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24484707
Abstract:The competition for scarce resources within a multi-ethnic community often results in conflicts between 'indigenous' peoples and 'foreign' migrants, or, to use Francis Nyamnjoh's expression, between 'insiders and outsiders' (Nyamnjoh, 2006). Such conflicts are manifested in various ways, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assault. This expression of hostility, in both word and deed, towards immigrants is what has been termed xenophobia. In May 2008, xenophobic violence against African immigrants broke out in the South African township of Alexandra, and thereafter the violence spread to most parts of the country. Several reasons were put forward in the media in an attempt to explain the cause of the violence, including the claim that foreigners were taking 'our jobs and our women'. Using this statement as a starting point, this article looks at ways in which conceptualisations of masculinities within a racialized South African public sphere are played out in the xenophobic attacks directed towards immigrants in Alexandra. It looks at cyberspace as a 'public sphere' and interrogates the gender implications of using this medium to frame xenophobic violence within the context of contesting masculinities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]