Seeking goals in the urban estuary : how a personal migrant subjectivity is reified into productive strategies and generative social effects.

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dc.contributor.author O'Keefe, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-28T05:53:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-28T05:53:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/15038
dc.description.abstract Using a micro-level frame of analysis, and working from in-depth interviews in Johannesburg's migrant-rich ‘urban estuaries,’ this research report considers participants’ personal, subjective, understanding of their own migrant-ness. The paper argues that theirs is a migrant subjectivity linked to the praxis of goal seeking, rather than the achievement of belonging. The goal seeking subjectivity is reified into pragmatic social strategies of network building, trust, and opportunity creation that undermine the concepts of generalized trust, communal social capital, and the host/migrant dichotomy. Personal subjectivies are rendered social. Denizens fill the social space with presentations and assessments of ‘mutual beneficence,’ and seek out demographically ambivalent networks of commonality. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject Migrants en_ZA
dc.subject Social conditions en_ZA
dc.title Seeking goals in the urban estuary : how a personal migrant subjectivity is reified into productive strategies and generative social effects. en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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