Migration, Crisis and Temporality at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

Governing Immobilities

By Kudakwashe Vanyoro

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

224 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529225815

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2023

Page count

224 pages

Series

Global Migration and Social Change

ISBN

978-1529225822

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Migration, Crisis and Temporality at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

Only 15 kilometres away from the border of Zimbabwe, Musina is an obscure town in South Africa that the media cast into the public eye in the wake of the 2008 Zimbabwean economic crisis.

Taking as its starting point the arrival of thousands of displaced Zimbabwean migrants at Musina, this book presents valuable new perspectives on the temporality of migration and the governance of immobilities. The author explores the role of humanitarian actors in supporting migrants, and examines the outcomes of government-led activities in the longer term.

This is an insightful assessment of how state and non-state practices intertwine in the management of largely immobile people, and of the importance of time in understanding African migration and borders.

Kudakwashe Vanyoro is a Zimbabwean Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Centre for Migration & Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Experiences and Governance of Immobilities: an Introduction

1. The Making of South Africa’s Time-Space: A Historical Perspective on the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

2. 'Saving’ Immobile Zimbabweans: Humanitarian Responses to the Zimbabwean ‘Crisis’ at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

3. The Temporal-Biopolitics of Governing Immobilities at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

4. ‘Laughing at ‘Them’ in Silence’: Everyday Governance and Harm on Immobile Migrant Bodies at the Border Transit Shelters

5. ‘This Place is a Bus Stop’: Temporalities of Zimbabwean Migrant Men Wwaiting at the Zimbabwe-South Africa Border

Conclusion: Bringing Time to the Study of African Borders