Imagined Liberation

9781439911891: Hardback
Release Date: 12th June 2015

9781439911907: Paperback
Release Date: 12th June 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 246

Series Politics History & Social Chan

Temple University Press

Imagined Liberation

Xenophobia, Citizenship, and Identity in South Africa, Germany, and Canada

On a spectrum of hostility towards migrants, South Africa ranks at the top, Germany in the middle and Canada at the bottom. South African xenophobic violence by impoverished slum dwellers is directed against fellow Africans. "Foreign" Africans are blamed for a high crime rate and most other maladies of an imagined liberation. Why would a society that liberated itself in the name of human rights turn against people who escaped human rights violations or unlivable conditions at home? What happened to the expected African solidarity? Why do former victims become victimizers? With porous borders, South Africa is incapable of upholding the blurred distinction between endangered refugees and economic migrants. Imagined Liberation asks what xenophobic societies can learn from other immigrant societies, such as Canada, that avoided the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe. Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley stress an innovative teaching of political literacy that makes citizens aware as to why they hate.
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On a spectrum of hostility towards migrants, South Africa ranks at the top, Germany in the middle and Canada at the bottom. South African xenophobic violence by impoverished slum dwellers is directed against fellow Africans. "Foreign" Africans are blamed for a high crime rate and most other maladies of an imagined liberation. Why would a society that liberated itself in the name of human rights turn against people who escaped human rights violations or unlivable conditions at home? What happened to the expected African solidarity? Why do former victims become victimizers? With porous borders, South Africa is incapable of upholding the blurred distinction between endangered refugees and economic migrants. Imagined Liberation asks what xenophobic societies can learn from other immigrant societies, such as Canada, that avoided the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe. Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley stress an innovative teaching of political literacy that makes citizens aware as to why they hate.

Foreword
Acknowledgments 
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction
Part I Integrating Difference
1 Comparative Xenophobia
2 South African Perspectives on Xenophobia
3 Youth Voices
Aim and Methodology ? An Ethnography of Township Schools ? How Students View Foreigners
4 Falling from Grace 
Shifting Views on “Mandelaland” ? Reflections on Mandela ? Patriarchy, Sexual Violence, and HIV/AIDS ? Crime and Punishment ? Corruption and Consumption
? Reracialization, Affirmative Action, and Black Economic Empowerment ? Descent into Zimbabwe? ? Popular Sentiment versus a Liberal Constitution
Part II Variations of Migration Policies: Africa, Germany, and Canada
5 Settler Colonialism
Two Types of Colonialism ? Founding Myths and Intergroup Attitudes ? Metropolitan/Settler Relations
6 Xenophobia in Germany
The Case of Roma/Sinti ? Muslims as Enemies ? Capitalist versus Communist Xenophobia ? Conclusion
7 Multicultural Canada as an Alternative?
Canadian Identities and Cultural Traditions ? How to Select Immigrants ? Opportunistic Multiculturalism
Part III Political Literacy
8 Xenophobia and Political Literacy 
Comparing Political Education in Multiethnic Societies ? Political Literacy as Strategy to Combat Xenophobia ? Nation, Nationalism, Ethnicity, Ethnocentrism, and Critical Patriotism ? Cosmopolitan Consciousness
9 Theorizing Xenophobia
Conclusion: Alternatives and Global Trends
Appendices
Autobiography I: Navigating “Difference”: Insiders, Outsiders, and
Contending Identities (Kogila Moodley) 
Autobiography II: Controversies: Peacemaking in Divided Societies
(Heribert Adam) 
References
Index of Names

Heribert Adam is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Educated at the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, he has published extensively on comparative ethnic conflicts and peacemaking, particularly socio-political developments in South Africa. He was awarded the 1998 Konrad Adenauer Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the co-author of Seeking Mandela: Peacemaking Between Israelis and Palestinians (Temple).

Kogila Moodley is Professor Emerita, Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, where she was the first holder of the David Lam Chair. Raised in the Indian community of apartheid South Africa, her research is focused on critical multiculturalism, anti-racism education and citizenship. She has served as President of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, and Ethnic Relations. She is the co-author of Seeking Mandela.