Racialisation from Below: Race and Place-Making in the New South Africa

  • Samadia SadouniEmail author
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Sadouni offers an analysis of Somalis’ modes of place-making of today. Waves of migration of Somali women and men reinvent a Somali urban identity in Johannesburg that gives them the power to mark and territorialise their economic, political and religious modes of being Somali in Mayfair. This process of multi-identification is better understood as racialisation from below and will be described through the building of Somali religious institutions, but also through the urban planning of a strictly Somali business district in Mayfair based on community trust. The chapter draws attention to the concept of class and the differentiation between those who work and live in the city and those who settle in the townships for business even at the risk of losing their lives.


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  1. 1.University of LyonSciences Po LyonLyonFrance

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