Violence, Victimization and the Making of the Nation

  • Ingrid Palmary
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


In the concluding chapter, I explore what the preceding empirical chapters can tell us about the new moral order constructed through gender, sexuality and migration in post-apartheid South Africa. I argue that the global focus of migration law and practice has resulted in new manifestations of colonial relationships that have both similarities and differences from the past. In the case studies we see very clearly that the slide between visible and non-visible violence is central to the logic of humanitarianism and the ways that the state responds to and perpetrates violence. In this chapter I unpack the moral order accomplished through a focus on violence, humanitarianism and colonial legacies, all of which take gender and sexuality as constitutive of the nation and is migration regimes.


Violence Gender Sexuality Nation Colonization Global North Global South 


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  • Ingrid Palmary
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  1. 1.African Centre for Migration & SocietyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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