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The Borders of PunishmentMigration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion$
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Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.001.0001

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Making Mobility a Problem: How South African Officials Criminalize Migration

Making Mobility a Problem: How South African Officials Criminalize Migration

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(p.111) 6 Making Mobility a Problem: How South African Officials Criminalize Migration
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The Borders of Punishment
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Darshan Vigneswaran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.003.0007

The relative power imbalances between, on the one hand, powerful states and international organizations, and, on the other, African policy makers, has meant that international organizations seeking to impose international norms, treaties, and institutions concerning human trafficking, drugs, and intellectual property have been able to influence significantly the way domestic or local actors in Africa respond to issues like informal migration and human trafficking. This chapter examines the specific mechanisms through which such similar power imbalances frame local policing strategy. It suggests that the tendency of South African officials to privilege mobility narratives over other ways of scripting a potential crime may be partly attributed to their highly unique historical context: as inheritors of the apartheid tradition of policing separateness.

Keywords:   South Africa, criminal law, migration policy, local policing, power imbalance, mobility policing

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