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Title:The politics of boundaries: the shifting terrain of belonging for Zimbabweans in a South African border zone
Author:Rutherford, BlairISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:4
Issue:2
Pages:207-229
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:immigrants
Zimbabweans
agricultural workers
women refugees
livelihoods
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254611x606346
Abstract:This paper examines Zimbabwean immigrants in northern South Africa and the ways through which they are able to claim, or not, some form of belonging. Drawing on the concept of 'political subjectivity', the author traces the changes in the power relations shaping the forms of belonging operating on the commercial farms and in the border town of Musina since 2000 and the concomitant shifts in some of the Zimbabweans' tactics in these spaces. In particular, he looks at the political subjectivities of 'Zimbabwean farm workers' and 'Zimbabwean woman asylum-seekers'. The analysis shows what particular imaginaries have become authoritative for differently situated Zimbabwean immigrants and denizens in this region, enabling particular claims for resources, accommodation, and belonging. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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