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Under the Rainbow: Migration, Precarity and People Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (REMESO)
2016 (English)In: Critical Sociology, ISSN 0896-9205, E-ISSN 1569-1632, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The article focuses on systemic drivers of poverty, inequality and precarious livelihoods. It discusses the transformation of South Africa’s labour force management and its migratory system from a centralised management of unfree labour by the apartheid state bureaucracy, to a post-apartheid state of precarity, driven by ‘flexploitation’. The nexus of precarious work and a fracturing citizenship is seen to represent a duality of flexibility linking practices of employment and labour control to areas like welfare benefits, citizenship status, political participation and informal livelihoods. This is applicable to migrants and natives alike, but with migrants being particularly flexible. The author connects the issue of precarity with politics of xenophobia seen as a stratagem for the retaining of hegemony confronting looming labour struggles and an insurgent citizenship of the poor. The argument revolves around precarity as representing a rallying point for resistance as well as a social condition.

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Sage Publications, 2016. 1-18 p.
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sociology, political economy, precarity, migration, social inequality, social movements, racism, South Africa
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Sociology Work Sciences International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124240DOI: 10.1177/0896920515621118OAI: diva2:897007
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1524Swedish Research Council, 2013-6682
Available from: 2016-01-23 Created: 2016-01-23 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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