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Title:Advocacy in the time of xenophobia: civil society, the state, and the politics of migration in South Africa
Author:Pugh, Sarah A.
Periodical:Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (ISSN 1470-1014)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:migration policy
civil society
political action
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589346.2014.905255
Abstract:When xenophobic violence erupted across South Africa in May 2008, the role of civil society organisations was central in response efforts. Some analysts noted, however, that much civil society response tended to be humanitarian in nature, rather than presenting any sustained political challenge that would address the underlying structural causes of such violence. This article focuses on the capacity of migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker advocacy and service organisations to offer an effective political challenge to the exclusionary migration policies and practices of the state. It highlights the substantial difficulties organisations face in advocating for socially and politically unpopular populations, amidst the realities of state mismanagement of migration. These restraints result in a limited, though not entirely closed, space for the concerted advocacy of a progressive migration management regime, let alone the construction of broad-based political and systemic challenges to the socio-economic status quo. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]