This article draws on the postcolonial theories of Frantz Fanon and Steve Biko to understand and critique the predominantly negative social representations of black foreign nationals in South Africa. These social representations are used for the legitimation of xenophobia and other violent attacks against this group. The article argues that the politics of race, language, gender and class underpin these incidences of xenophobia.
Race-ing xenophobic violence
Prof. Malose Langa is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development, Department of Psychology, at the University of Witwatersrand and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Recompilation.