The Immigrant’s Phallus

  • Hashi Kenneth Tafira
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


This chapter is about the discourse on the immigrant penis and its role in arousing jealousies and violence, especially among South African men. It discusses the discourse on male sexuality in Alexandra, which rests upon the idea of stereotypes. This helps explain the male element of the anti-immigrant violence seen in May 2008 and even before this time. The chapter argues that it is not only the discursive patterns with regards to the genitalia that are a cause: the causes are entangled, multidimensional and all converge to have an impact on the relationships between immigrants and South Africans.


Penis jealousies Violence Stereotypes Genitalia 


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  • Hashi Kenneth Tafira
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  1. 1.JohannesburgSouth Africa

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