In the Shadow of a State: Self-Settlement Strategies and Informal Governance Amongst Somalis in Johannesburg

Jinnah, Z. (2016) In the Shadow of a State: Self-Settlement Strategies and Informal Governance Amongst Somalis in Johannesburg International Migration & Integration [DOI:10.1007/s12134-016-0508-7]

Abstract:
This article explores the role of informal governance and institutions in the self-settlement strategies of Somalis in South Africa. Based on 3 years of ethnographic fieldwork with Somalis in Johannesburg, this article argues that informal governance operated though kin, clan and social networks, and personal, localised relationship with state authorities and community leaders are instrumental in governing settlement. Moreover, this form of governance is located within the multiple systems of Somali social order.

About Zaheera Jinnah

Zaheera Jinnah has a PhD in anthropology and a background in development studies and social work. Her research interests are in labour migration, gender and diaspora studies. She is a researcher at the ACMS where she teaches, supervises graduate students, and engages in policy and academic research. Her doctoral thesis concentrated on aspects of gender norms, agency and livelihoods among Somali women in Johannesburg.

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