Exile Identity, Agency and Belonging in South Africa

The Masupatsela Generation

  • Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki

Part of the Palgrave Studies on Children and Development book series (PSCD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
    Pages 1-50
  3. EXILE

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 53-73
    3. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 75-110
    4. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 111-160
    5. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 161-192

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 195-207
    3. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 209-248
    4. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 249-263
    5. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 265-281
    6. Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
      Pages 283-302
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-350

About this book


This book examines the experiences of 49 second-generation exiles from South Africa. Using “generation” as an analytical concept, it investigates the relational, temporal and embodied nature of their childhoods in terms of kinship relations, life cycle, cohort development and memory-making. It reveals how child agents exploited the liminal nature of exile to negotiate their sense of identity, home and belonging, while also struggling over their position and power in formal Politics and informal politics of the everyday. It also reflects upon their political consciousness, identity and sense of civic duty on return to post-apartheid South Africa, and how this has led to the emergence of the Masupatsela generational cohort concerned with driving social and political change in South Africa.   


Kinship Relations Childhood Life Cycle Cohort Development Memory-making Political Consciousness Post-Apartheid Apartheid South Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Zosa De Sas Kropiwnicki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and Development StudiesUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-53276-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-53275-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53276-9
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