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Constructing the Rainbow Nation: Migration and national identity in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Post-Apartheid South Africa has seen xenophobic sentiments towards migrants increase, culminating in several deadly riots. The words of equality and diversity, nurtured during the fight for independence seem to be far away. Building on Micheal Neocosmos theories on South African Xenophobia as a political discourse, this thesis examines how nationalist discourse creates and sustains negative perceptions of migrants. Using theories on national identity to undertake a critical discourse analysis of South African parliament proceedings, it illustrates how the perception of a civic and democratic nation, naturalizes a dichotomy between migrants and citizens. How the narrative of an equal and free South Africa, relies on the opposite perception of neighboring countries, as chaotic, undemocratic and un-free, resulting in a negative view of migrants. It argues that the opposing discourse of Pan-Africanism provides an opportunity in which a more inclusive identity can be built. Finally this thesis wishes to contribute to further research on national identity construction, by proposing a four-dimensional framework of exclusion that provides a reference point for contrasting national discourses 

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2017. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
Migration, South Africa, Nationalism, National Identity, Discource analysis
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Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-324852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-324852DiVA, id: diva2:1111888
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Development Studies
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies
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Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-19 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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