1st Edition

Borders, Sociocultural Encounters and Contestations Southern African Experiences in Global View

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    166 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the enduring significance of borders in Southern Africa, covering encounters between people, ideas and matter, and the new spatialities and transformations they generate in their historical, social, economic and cultural contexts.

    Situated within debates on borders, borderlands, sub- and regional integration, this volume examines local, grassroots and non-state actors and their cross-border economic and sociocultural encounters and contestations. Particular attention is also paid on the role they play in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and its integration project in its multiplicity. The interdisciplinary chapters address the diverse human activities relating to cross-border economic and sociocultural encounters and contestations that are manifested through multiform and -scalar interactions between or among grassroots actors, involving engagements between grassroots actors and the state or its agencies, and/or to the broader arrangements that bear consequences of the first two upon regional integration. By bringing these different, at times contrasting, forms of interaction under a holistic analysis, this volume devises novel ways to understand the persistence and role of borders and their relation to new transnational and transcultural integrative phenomena at various levels, extending from the (nation-)state and the political to the cultural and social at the everyday level of border practices.

    Scholars and students of African studies, geography, economics, politics, sociology and border studies will find this book useful.

    1. Borders as sites of encounter and contestation  2. Sociocultural encounters in geography historicised  3. Grassroots actors, border interactions and regional integration in the Southern African region and SADC  4. Resilience nodes: grassroots-state encounter and interactions in COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite free trade area border spaces  5. From circumvention to overt resistance at the urban margins: protests against statutory regulations at South Africa-Zimbabwe border  6. Sustaining family ties across the border: unaccompanied child migration across the Botswana-Zimbabwe and South Africa-Zimbabwe borders  7. Long march to South Africa: the breaking of colonial borders through human smuggling of Congolese 8. The securitization of asylum in South Africa: a catalyst for human/physical insecurity  9. Implications of the micro processes of encounter contest in borders 


    Christopher Changwe Nshimbi is Director & DST-NRF RCA Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

    Inocent Moyo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Zululand, South Africa.

    Jussi P. Laine is an Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary Border Studies at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland.