“If you are with ten, only two will be Batswana” : nation-making and the public discourse of paranoia in Botswana

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“If you are with ten, only two will be Batswana” : nation-making and the public discourse of paranoia in Botswana

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dc.contributor.author Marr, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-14T09:34:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0008-3968 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14558
dc.description.abstract A recurrent anxiety in contemporary Botswana is the perception of an immediate threat from external forces: strangers, livestock, and disease. How do the state and its citizens react under these conditions? The following article explores this question in the context of globalization, discourses of autochthony, and the blood-based politics of population management in Botswana. In recent years, Batswana increasingly see themselves as a nation under siege from foreigners, and in particular, newly arrived migrants from Zimbabwe. Under pressure from outside, Botswana citizens fear the loss of their physical homeland and the denigration of their collective identity and sense of morality. Through a reading of publications in the print media, I examine the articulation of the rhetoric of invasion and national paranoia that has taken root in Botswana. Although the presumption of assault by outsiders is said to threaten the existence of the Batswana nation through the erosion of the supposedly distinct boundaries between citizen and stranger, these apprehensions also carry a potent creative potential. I argue that, in an environment of economic uncertainty and ethnic instability, the specter of the stranger/Zimbabwean is used to reconfigure the content and emphasis of citizenship in Botswana. en_US
dc.format.extent 22
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Botswana en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.subject insecurity en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject autochthony en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title “If you are with ten, only two will be Batswana” : nation-making and the public discourse of paranoia in Botswana en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS) en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/00083968.2012.659579 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00083968.2012.659579
dc.relation.ispartofpublication Canadian Journal of African Studies/La Revue canadienne des études africaines;1
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 46 en_US
dc.description.embargo 20131025
dc.format.ePage 86
dc.format.sPage 65
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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