Migration, Space and Transnational Identities The British in South Africa

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-10
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This timely text explores the lives, histories and identities of white British-born immigrants in South Africa, twenty years after the post-apartheid Government took office. Drawing on over sixty in depth biographical interviews and ethnographic work in Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town, Daniel Conway and Pauline Leonard analyse how British immigrants' relate to, participate in and embody South Africa's complex racial and political history. Through their everyday lives, political and social attitudes, relationships with the places and spaces of South Africa, as well as their expectations of the future, the complexities of their transnational, raced and classed identities and senses of belonging are revealed. Migration, Space and Transnational Identities makes an important contribution to sociological, geographical, political and anthropological debates on transnational migration, whiteness, Britishness and lifestyle, tourism and labour migration.

Author Biography

Daniel Conway is Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University, UK. Conway's previous book was Masculinities, Militarisation and the End Conscription Campaign: War Resistance in Apartheid South Africa (2012).

Pauline Leonard is Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Work Futures Research Centre and Director of the ESRC DTC at the University of Southampton, UK. She has published extensively on privileged migration, including Expatriate Identities in Postcolonial Organizations: Working Whiteness (2010).

Table of Contents

1. The British in South Africa: Continuity or Change?
2. The Historical, Political and Social Dynamics of British Migration to South Africa
3.Transnational and Translocal Identities: Settling in South Africa
4. Space and Place in South Africa
5. Landscapes of Belonging: Negotiating Britishness in South Africa
6. The Landscapes of Un/belonging in South Africa
7. Narratives of Continuity and Change: British Social and Political Attitudes in South Africa
8. The British in South Africa: Conclusion

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