Contested Space and Citizenship in Grahamstown, South Africa

  title={Contested Space and Citizenship in Grahamstown, South Africa},
  author={Paddy O'Halloran},
  journal={Journal of Asian and African Studies},
  pages={20 - 33}
  • P. O'Halloran
  • Published 1 February 2018
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Asian and African Studies
This paper discusses two distinct political mobilisations of October 2015 in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Student protests against racial, class-based, and gender-based oppression coincided with xenophobic violence in the city. These events demonstrated both challenges to and continuity with the long history of politics in Grahamstown, a history marked by the contestation and control of space, race, and citizenship. The paper argues for the continued relevance of these… 


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