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Who to Blame and What’s to Gain? Reflections on Space, State, and Violence in Kenya and South Africa

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  • Loren Landau

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  • Jean Misago

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The ethnically and xenophobically motivated violence in Kenya and South Africa in the first half of 2008 has raised questions about its causes, the role of the state and the reality of current African societies. This article therefore analyses this violence, stating that although the violence in both countries had historical origins, there were also fundamental differences regarding the reasons for and the objectives of the violence. As a result, the less controlled violence in South Africa was somehow even more dangerous, because it contested state power itself.

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  • Loren Landau & Jean Misago, 2009. "Who to Blame and What’s to Gain? Reflections on Space, State, and Violence in Kenya and South Africa," Africa Spectrum, Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 44(1), pages 99-110.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:afjour:v:44:y:2009:i:1:p:99-110
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    1. John Mueller, 2003. "Policing the Remnants of War," Journal of Peace Research, Peace Research Institute Oslo, vol. 40(5), pages 507-518, September.
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    Violence; State; Ethnic/national groups;

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