Making the Law; Breaking the Law; Taking the Law into Our Own Hands: Sovereignty and Territorial Control in Three South African Settlements

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Abstract

Demonstrating that xenophobic violence involves various levels of departure from the state-sanctioned social order, Monson argues that making the law, breaking the law or taking the law into own hands are three sub-national forms of sovereignty and political authority that help understand ‘…xenophobic violence as local-level appropriations of – or incursions into – one or both of the dual components of state sovereignty: legitimacy (or recognition as the lawful source of social predictability) and capacity to regulate (for instance, through its theoretical monopoly on mobility and coercive force).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExorcising the Demons Within:
Subtitle of host publicationXenophobia, Violence, and Statecraft in Contemporary South Africa
EditorsLoren B. Landau
Place of PublicationJohannesburg
PublisherWits University Press
Pages172-199
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)978-1-86814-535-5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • migration
  • Xenophobia
  • territorial control
  • informal justice
  • informal institutions
  • Informal settlements
  • political geography

Institute themes

  • Governance, Leadership and Trust
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Migration, Displacement and Belonging
  • Social Movements and Contentious Politics

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