Imagined Liberation: Xenophobia, Citizenship and Identity in South Africa, Germany and Canada

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AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, Dec 1, 2013 - Political Science - 246 pages

˙On a spectrum of hostility towards irregular migrants, South Africa ranks on top, Germany in the middle and Canada at the bottom. South African xenophobic violence by impoverished slum dwellers is directed against fellow Africans. 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?˙

Imagined Liberation˙asks what xenophobic societies can learn from other immigrant societies which avoided the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe.


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Heribert Adam is Emeritus Professor of ˙Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Born in Germany and educated at the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, he has published extensively on comparative ethnic conflicts and peacemaking, particularly on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian strife and socio-political developments in South Africa. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded the 1998 Adenauer Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as the 2006 Achievement Award of the Canadian Sociology Association.

Kogila Moodley is Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. She was the first holder of the David Lam Chair. Born in Durban, her postgraduate studies in Sociology and Anthropology spanned the U.S., Germany and Canada. Her publications focused on critical multiculturalism, anti-racism education and citizenship. She has served as President of the International Sociological Association?s Research Committee on Ethnic, Minority and Race Relations and is a member of the editorial board of ?Ethnic and Racial Studies?.

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