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Title:Xenophobia, sovereign power and the limits of citizenship
Authors:Idahosa, Grace
Vincent, Louise D.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Africa Review: Journal of African Studies Association of India (ISSN 0974-4061)
Volume:6
Issue:2
Pages:94-104
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:foreigners
Africans
xenophobia
public health
health care
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/09744053.2014.914637
Abstract:African foreigners in South Africa have frequently been the targets of violent and discriminatory practices, which occur in the enabling context of negative discourses concerning African foreigners that circulate in various spheres of public life. This article concerns one particular field of interaction between African foreigners and the South African State, namely the public health sector. Discriminatory and, sometimes, violent practices towards African foreigners on the part of South African citizens are widely documented. Less discussed are the ways in which these practices of violence and discrimination are in fact State practices. The authors show this with reference to the treatment of African foreigners in the public health sector. They refer to this prejudicial treatment as health-care xenophobia which is made possible by a wider set of discourses related to citizenship and the rights accruing to citizens which suggest the 'non-rights' of the non-citizen. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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