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Xenophobia and collective violence in South Africa: A note of skepticism about the scapegoat

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This article examines differing explanations for violence against foreign nationals in post-apartheid South Africa. It argues that the most compelling analyses in the scholarship draw from a family of arguments in the global literature that locates popular violence against outsiders within the context of declining sovereign power, explaining theatrical displays of force against enemies within as attempts at the retrieval of that power. To the extent that these arguments rely on the concept of...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1017/asr.2018.56

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies; Area Studies
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
African Studies Review Journal website
Volume:
61
Issue:
3
Pages:
119-134
Publication date:
2018-07-02
Acceptance date:
2018-05-15
DOI:
EISSN:
1555-2462
ISSN:
0002-0206
Pubs id:
pubs:890125
URN:
uri:8dbd0377-ec32-46ab-bb5d-3f27b6821b6d
UUID:
uuid:8dbd0377-ec32-46ab-bb5d-3f27b6821b6d
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pubs:890125

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