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Migration As Reterritorialization: Migrant Movement, Sovereignty And Authority In Contemporary Southern Africa

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This chapter describes the relationship between migration, territory, power and sovereignty. It also reviews contours of migration in the Southern African region, examining the main features, consequences and challenges posed by migrant flows in the region. The wide-ranging impact of globalization in the contemporary era has invited a different deployment of the position of territory in scholarly works on statehood, with deterritorialization portrayed as a reactive process to the loss of state power, and reterritorialization used to refer to novel (territory-less) forms of power. In the contemporary era, however, migration in the region displays particular traits, and it is increasing and more extensive in scope. Migration is a greater politico-economic force than had heretofore been the case. These features result directly from political changes in the region, and relatedly, alterations in state power.

Keywords: deterritorialization; globalization; reterritorialization; Southern African migration

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