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

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ISBN 9780367408466
November 19, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the enduring significance of borders in Southern Africa, covering encounters between people, ideas, and things, 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 interaction 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.

Table of Contents

1. Borders as sites of encounter and contestation  2. Sociocultural encounters in geography historicized  3. Grassroots actors, border interactions and regional integration in southern Africa  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  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 migrants  8. The securitization of asylum in South Africa: A catalyst for human/physical insecurity  9. Implications of the micro processes of economic and sociocultural encounter and contest in borders 

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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, University.

Inocent Moyo is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Zululand, South Africa.

Jussi Laine is an Assistant Professor at the University of Eastern Finland.